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All you need is love :)

Was at the PinkDot event yesterday. Many turned up in pink to show their support for the LGBT community. The newspaper reported that there were 1,000 but sources revealed that there were about 2,500 pple. No, it wasn't a protest or parade of any sort...more of a celebratory event for those who believe in the freedom to love, regardless of their sexual orientation and to give support towards open-mindedness and understanding. The idea was to form a giant pink human circle and have an aerial shot taken of it...which they succeeded in doing as u can see from the picture here (the shot was taken from Furama hotel)


I have to say that it was one heck of a well-organised event (heh..occupational hazard). The organisers/volunteers came all prepared. They had pink plastic mats for those who wanted to sit on the grass, they gave away tissues so that we could use it to wipe our perspiration, they sold pink brollies for those who wanted some protection from the sun (and rain), they were distributing pink balloons so that it would enhance the aerial display of the pink dot, they had all kinds of activity (lion dance/performances etc) planned to keep the crowd entertained and when the event was over, the volunteers went around to help clear some of the rubbish to ensure that the park was kept litter-free. It was amazing! Solid branding too with the pinkdot banners scattered around the park, the cute pinkdotcartoon static mascots, a life-size rainbow bear walking around taking pics and giving out balloons and of course with everyone all decked in pink..the atmosphere was very carnival-like and everyone had a fab time. I was really impressed at their thorough planning and execution :)

Thanks to Elaine who suggested a picnic there, we came prepared too with loads of refreshments and food so most of the time, we were stuffing ourselves silly and offering drinks to other friends we saw!

Loads of peektures as usual :)

the picnickers :)

First pic I took..which is why I still looked so fresh :P

Spotted AJ who was one of the volunteers at the event :)

With Sam :)

Rainbow bear giving out balloons..Poor guy must be feeling so warm!



Saw this in Alvin's blog..A Page 73 reference!

Check out the words on the tees of this couple..they were so cool!

Loads of cute dogs~



awww~

Wei Chi & I acting guniang and showing off the much coveted Mr Men umbrella!









pic taken from pinkdot.sg

Here's the official Pink Dot Video..

I have been asked several times...what if your son is gay.. how would you react? I know my boy is still young but I've too wondered abt this before. I do consider myself rather liberal (although some have said that I'm quite boring and conversative by nature :P) but I have to be honest and admit that such a revelation will come with some heartache from my side..It is natural to feel so, especially as a parent - the realisation that your child would have a tougher road ahead of him and other selfish thoughts like that you'll probably never have a chance to have a grandchild. But there shouldn't be any conditions placed on the love for my child. He is still the same kid that I've loved and cared for and I would support him and love him no matter what. What I want to be is a parent that he will have no qualms about coming to me to share his problems with n so that I will be able be understanding and be there for him, if he needs me.
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When I was studying in year 1 of my uni studies in Vancouver (this was about 20 years ago), I chose to take a Psych elective course which was on Aids. During one of the tutorial sessions, we had a speaker Mark, who had full blown Aids (he passed away soon after). He was gay and he was telling us how he was discriminated against due to his sexuality and even more after his illness was made known. His parents had disowned him when he had outed himself to them and he has never seen them for at least a decade and he had said then that he would arrange for a letter to be sent to them after his passing. It was heart wrenching listening to his life story. After his session, some of us went up to him to hug him and chat further but I can still recall some of my Singaporean classmates refused to do so out of fear. Aids isn't just a gay disease. We also saw hemophiliacs who'd got infected as a result of a blood transfusion and also some drug users due to the exchange of used-needles. I remember helping out my TA to distribute clean needles to drug users and prostitutes along the dingy streets of Vancouver (it wasn't compulsory for us to do so) . My TA explained that it was impossible to stop them from using..and so the most they could do at their level was to curb the spread of the disease. It was indeed an experience that I would never forget In Singapore, it isn't surprising to learn that the women/housewives are amongst the highest Aids risk group here as most of them contract it from their spouses. Aids has so far claimed about 3,843 pple in singapore..

For info :- There is an Aids candlelight memorial at SMU Law & Accountancy faculty tonight at 7pm, held in memory for those who have died of the disease and to remind all to continue the fight against all stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.


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bbhome
May. 17th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
I love how you shared your thoughts about the "what if". Very well said.
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
thanks..i guess as parents, we'll encounter sets of worries as our kid grows up and we just gotta try to be there every step of the way :)
faithpig
May. 17th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Even though it is too early to tell lah.. but trust me, i don't think he is...:P
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
heh..he's still a li' boy. I'm just stating a 'what if' :)were u there?
triciaseow
May. 17th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
i think that if he knows his mom understood and wasn't judging him and supported him no matter what, it would be that much easier for him :)
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
yeah..i think as parents, that is what we should do. we can try our best to be there for them eh :)
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angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
yeah..they were awesome. this was on the back of their tees :)
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karmeleon
May. 17th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
How'd she get that doggie's fur pink as well ?!
issyleus
May. 17th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Food colouring and something else. Heh.
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ikepod
May. 17th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
we look so pretty together...
and u are an amazing mom...
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
heh..i think we make a very chio pair too haha :)
tiffanyx
May. 17th, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
*bimbotic mode on* i love the mrmen brolly!!! :P
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
it is my helper's fave umbrella. she even called me to make sure i bring it home (i have a habit of losing my brollies :P)
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delightt
May. 17th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Great photos! Wish I could've been there. Miss everyone! :)

That straight but not narrow couple is awesome!
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
yeah..too bad u couldn't join us :) when will u be back again?
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jemauvais
May. 17th, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
Hah? You boring and conservative meh?
Wow, another event I'd have loved to go for.  I could've worn my one and only pink shirt! :P

a celebratory event for those who believe in the freedom to love, regardless of their sexual orientation and to give support towards open-mindedness and understanding

I always believed that being able to be with the one you love should be a basic human right.

I really like the Page 73 comment.  The couple with the t-shirts are damn cool!  And that pink dog is really cute!  (The owner also quite cute too, hahaha!)
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
Re: Hah? You boring and conservative meh?
ya..i'm actually quite a boring/conservative person. Looks can be deceptive hehe.When I told Tricia I've never kissed a girl before (little girls not counted), she was like "Cannot be!!" She then volunteered to kiss me *grin*

Hah..i was wondering who would be the first to comment on the chio pink girl :P
Re: Hah? You boring and conservative meh? - ikepod - May. 18th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC) - Expand
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makeupmag
May. 17th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
The t-shirts are cute. I like the Mr Men umbrella! :)
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
Many were applauding them..a middle-aged couple openly walking around with their views for all to see :)
msbrightside
May. 17th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Such fun! I was at my friend's kid's 1st birthday and couldn't make it :(
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 11:09 am (UTC)
will see ya at Audrey's place next week yah :)
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moxielass
May. 17th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
cool event. cool people. :)

yah, i had tot wat will happ if my boy turns out to be gay... i will still love him the same but knowing he will have a difficult path ahead of him. same goes for his life choices... occupation and even wife. haha...

i also like the mr men umbrella!
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
heh..i guess we just gotta take it one day at a time :) Someone should start selling the mr men umbrella :)
e_rambler
May. 17th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Well having a gay child doesn't necessarily mean no grandkids, but of course I digress :)

To be honest if I were a parent, I wouldn't really want my kid(s) to turn out gay too - in a place like Singapore where many people are straight AND narrow, it's really not an easy path to take. But perhaps our next generation won't have it that tough - after all Singapore has become more liberal towards this issue even if the vocal minority continues to treat the matter like a world-ending event...
angeliatay
May. 17th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
well....in my case, i only have one kid *cough* and adoption ain't that common..

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angeliatay
May. 18th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
heh im sure as a parent yourself, you'll understand where i was coming from.

Yes..she dyed her dog pink but i understand she was using fooddye so it wasn't harmful to the dog at all. :)
maleana
May. 17th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
i'm sorry i missed it... definitely a noteworthy (and evidently fun!) event!!
been reading all about it on facebook and lj tho thanks to ppl like you! =)
angeliatay
May. 18th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
i was an event that im glad i was part of too..and it was a fun get-together too :)
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