SINGAPORE - For an hour before this year's Pink Dot 2014 in Hong Lim Park, invited members of the public will share their stories from a platform and talk about their personal challenges, hopes and dreams.
The segment, called Community Voices, is new to the Pink Dot event, which is now in its sixth year, and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
The voices of ordinary Singaporeans also feature in this year's campaign video, titled "For Family, For Friends, For Love", in which more than 40 people talk about finding love and about why they think acceptance of the LGBT community is important. It was released online last night.
Director Leon Cheo said the mix of LGBT and straight Singaporeans in the video "can perhaps be seen as a reflection of Singapore's own journey towards a kinder and more empathetic society".
The rally on June 28 will be led by actors Sebastian Tan and Brendon Fernandez, and actress and Nominated MP Janice Koh. The annual event, which includes a picnic and concert, will culminate with participants forming a giant pink dot after sunset.
Some 21,000 people attended last year's event. Pink Dot Sg spokesman Paerin Choa said: "Even as we celebrate the positive changes we as a community have brought about, we remain cognisant that more still needs to be done before we can truly consider ourselves an equal and inclusive society."
This article was first published on May 23, 2014.
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