Pink Dot 2017 from home.

Celebrating the freedom to love.

I was not allowed to be part of it this year.

Wearing pink. Stayed at home to play Tekken 7.
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Witnessing thousands gather for Pink Dot SG 2014

“What we are and who we are is not a choice. It is not a lifestyle. We are born this way and so we should be proud of ourselves. When we are all lucky to find that special someone, we shouldn’t be told we cannot love. I hope and I know that Singapore will eventually become a place where we all can truly enjoy the freedom to love.”

Watched and observed Singaporeans come together to form their 6th Pink Dot. The atmosphere was electrifying. Reminded me of my first time to attend Manila Pride. It was touching to see all walks of the LGBT spectrum coming together to celebrate so much love. We really have to do our part to end the hate and bigotry. It doesn’t matter if you are in the United States, the Philippines, or Singapore. We all deserve the freedom to love and that truth is universal.

None of photos I took while visiting Pink Dot SG give justice to the incredible showing of love. See photos from their official albums to see more wonderful, beautiful takes from the event.

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A video I took during the national anthem segment:

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Visit Pink Dot SG’s official website for more information.

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Same-sex love in 2013

The LGBT rights movement took a momentous leap forward in 2013 with the United States Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA. The Obama administration stopped defending DOMA and a colourful roster of characters including Edith Windsor shattered that glass ceiling. Love is spreading.

In California, Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional which restores same-sex marriage in what I consider my home state.

While more mainstream personalities are coming out of the closet and the level of LGBT acceptance reaching historical highs (including Pope Francis’ statement “Who am I to judge?”)… the LGBT movement has setbacks in countries like Russia, India, and Uganda.

Let’s see how this momentum will continue in 2014.