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Come make a Pink Dot on May 16


For more information, please go to http://pinkdot.sg.

Support the freedom to love.

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May 16 is the day of the Pink Dot

Hello everyone,

Do you support the freedom of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to love? Then show your support by joining our smart mob at Hong Lim Park on 16 May, 4.30pm!

This is NOT a protest nor a parade, just a simple call for open-minded Singaporeans to come together to form a pink dot, of which aerial photographs will be taken. This pink dot is a celebration of diversity and equality, and a symbol of Singapore’s more inclusive future.

Venue: The field at Hong Lim Park

Date & Time: May 16 (Sat), 4.30pm

What to wear: Pink (caps, hats, glasses, sunglasses and accessories are recommended.)

What to bring: Anyone who supports the freedom of LGBT Singaporeans to love.

What to expect: The human pink dot will be formed by around 5pm and a photograph will be taken from a vantage point nearby.


To pledge your attendance, please click here:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=41037205735#/event.php?sid=181a9978badf2a0c4c765bd6ca335ebc&eid=106116639688&ref=search

For updates, please join Pink Dot Sg on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=41037205735#/group.php?gid=41037205735

More about Pink Dot SG:

http://www.pinkdot.sg/


For queries, please e-mail pinkdotsg@yahoo.com

This event is 100% legal; no registration is required.

SinQSA’s Straight Privileges project

Hello friends!

Starting March 2009, SinQSA will be embarking on a small project.

In each of our monthly meet-up, everyone will take turns to contribute to the list of straight privileges, which contains the taken-for-granted things straight people have in Singapore.

This project aims to display the simple things in our daily lives as Singaporeans that may in fact be privileges exclusive to a group of people, in this case, those who identified as heterosexual. Any one, who identifies as straight or queer, are welcome to add to this list. It is a round-table effort, as the list is literally passed around the table for your guys to contribute.

An example of such a list can be found here.

We will see how long this list will grow in the months to come. We will compile it and post it on our website.

Hope to see you at our monthly meet-ups. Join our facebook group for more information!

SinQSA in the Straits Times

Source: The Straits Times
Date: August 9, 2008, Saturday.
Headline: Rise of the online activists; Internet opens up avenue for Singaporeans to champion causes
Reporters: Tan Weizhen, Shobana Kesava

The Internet has made activists of Singaporeans.

Many see social networking sites, forums, blogs and online videos as ways to champion their causes.

The Straits Times has found more than 30 local causes online run by greenies, geeks and everyone in between.

The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre said new causes run the gamut from groups supporting the rights of migrant workers to those focusing on specific health issues such as glaucoma.

Blessingsinabag.com
, for example, was started by a student wanting to clothe poor Third World children.

And iwant2bike2work.org is run by two men who are promoting cycling.

Cyberspace’s many communication tools make it ‘a very efficient facilitator of what happens offline’, said Mr Tan Tarn How, senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, who has researched the Internet’s impact on society.

Environmental groups, especially, have exploited the Internet. Of the 30 groups found by The Straits Times, more than 10 belonged to major green groups, whose updates can be found at www.WildSingapore.com, which highlights the best green news and pictures of all the blogs.

They push for everything from saving Singapore’s sea shores to a more eco-friendly lifestyle, even using the social networking facilities on Facebook.

Other activists are seeing payoffs too. Dayoff.sg, a cause started by a group of Unifem (United Nations Development Fund for Women) volunteers here, has this message to push: Employers, give maids a day off.

Its online viral campaign – so named because it uses online networks to reach out to the masses – includes videos, websites, a Facebook group and e-mail lists.

‘There is not much money, so we go online, which keeps costs very low,’ said the president of the Unifem group in Singapore, Ms Saleemah Ismail, 39.

Other than being an economical form of marketing, the Internet is also opening up a platform for alternative groups, as Mr Tan pointed out, ‘where they were not allowed to in the physical space’.

The Internet’s immediacy and connectivity have a galvanising effect on people, he said. ‘It allows people to be emboldened, not only to think but to act.’

The Singapore Queer-Straight alliance (SinQSA) is one such example. Formed last month by heterosexuals to bridge the social gap between gay and straight communities here, it seeks to change misconceptions through dialogue.

The group’s four founders met online, and now seek to use the Internet to engage the community.

One of them, Mr Ho Chi Sam, 25, said: ‘Going online beats knocking on doors, especially for our cause. Communication via the Internet is the initiation, the follow-through and the follow- up for most of our discussions.’