Police turn down permit application for "Pink Run" LGBT event

Police turn down permit application for "Pink Run" LGBT event
Participants of the annual Pink Dot Sg event at the Speakers' Corner in Hong Lim Park in Singapore June 28, 2014.

SINGAPORE - The Police have turned down an application for a permit to hold a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) pride event, informing the organiser that the application had been rejected in the interest of public order as LGBT advocacy remains "a socially divisive issue".

Get the full story from The Straits Times.

The event that was supposed to be held on Aug 16 is part of an LGBT pride festival called IndigNation. 

According to the Straits Times, this is the second time the mass run is unable to be carried out as planned. The first time was in 2007. 

On the event's Facebook page, organiser Nicholas Deroose shared the email he had received from the police. 

An officer from the Compliance Management Unity wrote: "The purpose of the proposed event you have stated in your application is related to LGBT advocacy, which remains a socially divisive issue. We regret to inform you that your application is rejected in the interest of public order. You may wish to consider conducting your event at the Speakers' Corner instead."

Mr Deroose said in the same Facebook post that "people are still free to show up and run in their own personal capacity. There are no laws against running. You just won't be a participant of the Pink Run."





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