Singapore’s Pink Dot, an annual gathering at Hong Lim Park in celebration of love, equality, and LGBT rights, attracted more than 26,000 people on June 28, 2014 — the largest ever Pink Dot event since the first in 2009.
But this year was the first time that religious groups openly and actively opposed the Pink Dot by urging the people to wear white on the same day.
Islamic educator Noor Deros initiated the #WearWhite campaign to rally Muslims against homosexuality. Then, influential pastor Lawrence Khong of the Faith Community Baptist Church publicly supported the campaign and organized a “family worship” also on June 28, which was attended by about 6,400 people.
The LGBT community has grown considerably in recent years in Singapore, although its marginalization is still reflected in the country’s laws like the notorious Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes gay sex.
Despite the opposition, this year’s Pink Dot was a success in terms of the number of participants and sponsors who supported the event. Aside from uniting the LGBT community, it also gathered a broad section of Singapore society including government officials who expressed support for LGBT rights.
Read more: globalvoicesonline.org Written by Mong Palatino