Pink dot plays on the phrase red dot, which is often used to describe Singapore contemptuously by larger regional neighbors. Pink is also the color of the identity cards carried by Singaporeans.
The event was reported by the local newspapers Straits Times and TodayOnline, as well as by the BBC.
Neo Swee Lin, a local actress, said at the event:
We are born alone. We go to our graves alone. But there is no reason why any of us should have to live alone in this life … I support the freedom to love because I believe in love. Too many of my gay friends have left these shores because of intolerance. Let’s make a change today. My father is here too today to support Pink Dot. He too wants to make a change. Everyone, in the words of the great Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.“