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As Gay Prides Kick Off World-Wide, Singapore's Pink Dot Rally Fights For Own Stake

Posted: Jul. 2nd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Pink Dot Rally
Eveline Danubrata

All across the globe landmark cases and legislation is being passed and the barriers to gay rights are slowly being torn down, but the battle still rages in Singapore as the city's 21,000-strong "Pink Dot" rally demonstrated. Singapore is rather behind in its legislation, and still has anti-sodomy laws on the books, but that will soon change if the "Pink Dot" protesters get their message heard.

Singapore is seeing a groundswell of support for same-sex rights, reflected in a record 21,000-strong "Pink Dot" rally in the city-state, only months after its High Court rejected a petition to repeal a law which criminalizes sex between men.

"There is more awareness, especially with the rise of social media. I think with greater awareness, there is greater support as well," said Kierin Galistan, a secretary and one of the participants at the "Pink Dot" rally on Saturday.

"Everyone deserves to love and be loved, regardless of sexual orientation," said Galistan.


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