Record numbers at Singapore Pride
26,000 people turned up to Singapores’s Speakers Corner on Saturday to celebrate LGBTI pride at the annual Pink Dot Rally.
Despite widespread protests from Muslim and Christian communities in the lead up to the event, the Pink Dot rally went off without a hitch with Speaker’s Corner turning a sea of pink for the event which culminated with a glittering show of lights that ended with a heart formation.
The event had received widespread media coverage following calls by the Muslim community to converge on the rally wearing white in protest.
Organisers hired private security in anticipation of protestors but none turned up.
Pink Dot organisers described this year’s rally as a coming of age for LGBTI inclusivity and celebrated the diversity of the Singapore community..
“It is very heartening to see the dot growing year on year,” said Pink Dot spokesperson Paerin Choa.
“We believe that this sends a strong message of love and acceptance, affirming that Singapore is a home for one and all, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are, at the end of the day, one big national Family, and it is especially humbling this year, to see the sheer support we have received from Singaporeans from all walks of life.”
Homosexuality is currently illegal in Singapore, although the law is rarely enforced.
Watch the love heart comes to life