Lim, 21, was a male by birth and is now known as a trans feminist. This year’s rally was his first, and he attended it himself.
“The transition is as you can imagine,” he said. “I can’t accept this aspect of myself in public and I only have friends in the online community.”
“But today I decided to come for myself and I had no idea what to expect. I brought a skirt with me and changed it when I arrived at the park and it was warmly welcomed. I enjoyed everyone’s presence. I’m having fun. ”
After two years of virtual rallies due to epidemics, Singapore’s biggest pride event returned to Hong Kong Park on Saturday, where it began on May 16, 2009.
Crowds of thousands appeared on a hot and humid afternoon, waving pink signboards and rainbow flags in support of the city’s state rights movement.
The crowd included Henry Keuk, a Member of Parliament from the ruling People’s Action Party, and James Lim, from the opposition Workers’ Party.
Homosexual sex is illegal in Singapore, even if it is consensual between adults, and is private. But social attitudes, while still largely conservative, are changing, activists say, and the government is now “considering the best way forward” about changing the law, which is 60 Singapore has been a British colony for over a year now.
“Policies need to be developed to keep abreast of such changes in ideology, and legislation is needed to support the latest policies,” said Shanmogam, Singapore’s Minister of Law and Home Affairs, in a recent session of Parliament. Said
“And if and when we decide to move, we will do so in a way that maintains a balance between these different perspectives, and avoids a sudden, destabilizing shift in social norms and public expectations.” Be done. “
Last week, Disney Pixar’s film Light Air was rated NC16 in Singapore, banning children under the age of 16 from watching movies in cinemas because of a controversial scene in which homosexuality Was shown.
Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority said the animated film was inappropriate for young viewers because of its “hard gay portrayal”.
Nizam Razzaq, a 36-year-old gay man at Punk.com, said, “We don’t have respect and equality, no matter what our pledge and government say – and that’s why it’s important to stage Punk.com every year.” “Why can’t our children see gay kisses? Already as we are being erased from many aspects of society here and it is not right.”
“When will things get better for us in the gay community? It’s hard to say.”
The organizers said the turnout was higher than in previous years and hoped that this trend would continue next year.
“The planning was a bit hasty but at the end of the day, we made it. We gathered thousands of people in Singapore for our rights and pride and that was the goal,” said one representative.
For first-time viewers like Don Lim, the Punk Dot experience “didn’t feel like being in Singapore.” “This park, this pink sea – it was a really safe place and I’m glad I had the opportunity to experience what it’s like,” Lim said.
“For one day of the year, I feel human and free, without fear or judgment from the people, and when I leave Hong Lim Park tonight, I will just go home and go back to my hidden life. Will