Pink Dot 15 Celebrates LGBTQ+ Rights and Inclusive Families in Singapore

"..the importance of recognizing and supporting all types of families.." Clement Tan

Pink Dot 15
The word “Family” formed in a rainbow using umbrellas with attendees shining their pink flashlights in support of Pink Dot

Pink Dot 15, the first event since the repeal of Singapore’s colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex, Section 377A, took place on June 24, 2024. Thousands of individuals gathered to support the LGBTQ+ community and commemorate this milestone. This year’s Pink Dot, themed “Celebrating All Families,” aimed to foster inclusivity and embrace diverse family structures.

According to Clement Tan, spokesperson for Pink Dot SG, the event aimed to challenge the notion that LGBTQ+ individuals pose a threat to “family values.” Tan emphasized the importance of recognizing and supporting all types of families. He stated, “We have families and love them too,” highlighting the shared experience of love and family bonds across different backgrounds.”

Politicians spotted at Pink Dot 15

The presence of politicians at Pink Dot 15 was notable, perhaps it’s a sign of a growing acceptance of diversity within the political landscape. They included two People’s Action Party (PAP) MPs, Mr. Derrick Goh and Mr. Eric Chua together with Paralympic athletes Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu. Members of the Workers’ Party, Mr. Louis Chua and Ms. Hu Ting Ru also attended the event.

In addition to the vibrant celebrations, Pink Dot 15 provided a platform for five community speakers to share their personal stories and advocate for family support within the LGBTQ+ community. Robin Lim, a father of a gay son, urged parents to follow their hearts, emphasizing the importance of acceptance. He encouraged parents to be allies rather than obstacles, acknowledging the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and the significance of parental support.

Pink Dot 15, the first event following the repeal of Section 377A, showcased the unity of the LGBTQ+ community in Singapore. The theme of “Celebrating All Families” underscored the importance of embracing diverse family structures and fostering inclusivity. With the support of local businesses, organizations, volunteers, and politicians, Pink Dot continues to celebrate a more inclusive Singapore for all families, regardless of their composition.