Singer Nathan Hartono will be one of the performers at this year’s Pink Dot event, held annually in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Hartono is also one of the ambassadors of the event, joining two others – Singapore paralympian Theresa Goh and singer/actor Ebi Shankara.
This will be the ninth year that Pink Dot will be returning to Singapore, where it will be held at Hong Lim Park on July 1.
Its message this year is “Freedom to Love”, with the campaign video co-directed by acclaimed local filmmakers Boo Junfeng and Mak Chun Kit. The video features “a series of authentic conversations between LGBT Singaporeans and their fellow citizens”, said a statement from organisers.
Adhering to the new event format, barricades will be set up around Speakers’ Corner within Hong Lim Park, of which those keen to attend will be required to show photo ID to volunteers and security personnel before being admitted into the park.
“Pink Dot SG acknowledges that this greatly impacts individuals with partners, friends and family who might not be Singapore Citizens or PRs; couples and families wanting to commemorate Pink Dot with us may be separated because of this. But we have faith in Singapore. And Singaporeans will eventually come through as they always had in the past 8 years,” said Pink Dot spokesperson, Paerin Choa.