Pink Dot Hong Kong

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Jun 15
 

Arthur Tam gets excited about Hong Kong’s first Pink Dot fest, which aims to connect gay and straight people, and talks to the stars hosting the big day out

There’s been a shift in Hong Kong’s LGBT community over the past few years. It’s become far more visible, thanks, in part, to the colourful events that have been huge successes in the city. The Hong Kong Pride Parade has experienced a massive year-on-year increase in support, the two-month LGBT bonanza that is Pink Season has seen more events and parties registering under its banner than ever before, and celebrities like Anthony Wong, Denise Ho and Gigi Chao have all been coming out in support of the community.

Riding on this momentum, the gay activist group of Pink Alliance, in collaboration with The Big Love Alliance, are adding a new annual event to the list – Pink Dot. This is a free and fun outdoor picnic and live music event held at Tamar Park on Sunday June 15 between 2pm and 7pm that aims to bring the LGBT community and its straight allies together for a relaxed day of fun – mixing and creating a positive attitude in our city.

Pink Dot originated in Singapore in 2009. It was the first public LGBT event in the city state – but now it’s gone international, with cities like New York, Montreal, London, Kaohsiung and Okinawa having their own versions. And now it’s our turn. Visitors can expect a day of family fun in the sun with food and music. Besides bringing your own picnic basket, the event is also going to provide food and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to wear pink, so they can join together at the beginning and end of the day to form a giant pink dot – a symbol of freedom, love and equality. There’s going to be street art performances, a tattoo art booth and the main attraction of the day – a power-packed lineup of Denise Ho, Anthony Wong and C All Star performing amped-up sets. “I am very excited to be part of such a fun and original event and can’t wait to sing for such a diverse audience,” says Ho. Wong adds: “Since coming out, I have seen changes. Though the laws haven’t caught up, I think the sentiments of the public are changing. Pink Dot coming to Hong Kong is a great example of this.”

“We already have a few successful LGBT events in Hong Kong – but we want more,” says RTHK radio host and gay activist Brian Leung. “Pink Dot is a softer approach as it invites the non-LGBT community to come forward to support the LGBT community.” Legco member Cyd Ho agrees: “If we can create an understanding it will be better for all, especially for families with homosexual children.” We hope to see a large crowd attend this afternoon to reflect the growing tolerance in our society. Let the giant pink dot shine under the night sky.

Pink Dot Sun Jun 15, 2pm-7pm, Tamar Park, Admiralty, 9101 8001; pinkdot.hk


 

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