I’m sure by now you’d have heard that ID checks and barricades will be erected at this year’s Pink Dot (Singapore’s very own LGBT event), ensuring that stringent checks are carried out to prevent foreigners from participating (boooo).
Although it may not be as exciting or atmospheric as physically being at the event, there are still ways in which you can get into the full swing of things or show your support for the LGBT community this 1 July 2017.
Here are seven alternative ways to still get into the mood for Pink Dot 2017:
1. Follow The Live Feeds On Social Media
With social media being such a big influence and (almost) impossible to censor, you can participate via live feeds either on Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat. Even whatsapp provides live feed these days.
And although it won’t exactly be the same, you’ll still be in on the day’s events.
2. Trawl The Streets In Pink
The only stipulation this year is the restriction of foreigners gathering at the Speaker’s Corner at Hong Lim Park. There aren’t any restrictions as to what you can or can not wear.
So go ahead, get together and take to the streets in pink.
3. Get High
Bet that caught your attention. I’m talking about getting yourself to the area around Hong Lim Park which houses quite a number of high rise buildings. A mixture of residential and commercial buildings, including former sponsor Park Royal Hotel, offer the best views of the event.
No one’s stopping you from showing your support from above.
4. Organise Your Own Pink Dot Get-Together
You can’t be at Pink Dot but you sure as hell can bring the spirit of the event to your own home. With Smart TVs available, you can even stream the day’s events whilst cozying up with friends in the comfort of your own home.
Pink cupcakes and bubbly anyone?
5. Make A Toast At A Supporting Bar
There are a slew of bars available around Singapore that have shown clear support of the LGBT community. Most of them are conveniently located around the vicinity, a likely venue for attendees post-event.
Dorothy’s Bar for example, is the perfect location to be at. They’ll be live streaming the entire event, ensuring that you don’t miss out on anything. Fancy a crazy night out after? Join this bar crawl!
Dorothy’s Bar: 13A Trengganu Street, Singapore 058467 | Opening hours: 6pm – 1am | Tel: +65 6221 6806 | Website
6. Blow Off Some Steam In A Sauna
If you’re looking for a place without judgement or discrimination, then the Ten Mens Club might be the place for you, seeing as how they never reject ANYONE. A renowned club/spa in the gay community, their unique policy might be a welcome change to all who’re looking to party through the weekend.
They’re even throwing a pink party this Saturday. Time to whip out those magenta trunks!
Ten Mens Club: 32A Pagoda Street, Singapore 059191 | Tel: +65 6327 8870 | Website
7. Spread The Love Anywhere & Everywhere
Yes it sucks that you don’t get to join the crowd at Hong Lim Park, but all in all, don’t despair. Despite the laws and the lack of acceptance from some, there are many that stand with and for you.
The notion that we are free to choose to love and be whomever we want to be is something that nobody can take away from you. So shout it from the rooftops this Saturday (1 July 2017), anywhere and everywhere that you may be!
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