Day 40 - Freedom to Love

In a conservative Asian society like Singapore, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) topics are usually a taboo. Although, people are now getting more open towards this topic but still people are still being judged and sometimes discriminated just because they are different - in terms of their sexual orientation. But I always believe that people should be given equal opportunity and also amount of love and acceptance regardless of their ethnic, colour, race, mental capacity or even sexual orientation. 

Love's definition as taken from
Love [luhv] noun
a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
sexual passion or desire.
a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person;sweetheart. 

I believed that what have made us different from animals is our ability and capacity to love and have compassion towards our same kind. Well, I remembered when I was still studying my Chinese Literature in my JC time, there was a story of 2 babies in the hospital that sleeps next to each other with distinct differences in terms of wealth, skin colour, life path planned for them. In this story, it said something like that " We are the same at  the point that we are born, we came to Earth undressed and empty handed and our differences started when we are clothed". However, in this story the degree of love given towards the rich child and the poor child by their parents were the same. Although, we are all separated in terms of social status, appearance, wealth and many other factors, one thing will not change that is our love towards our loved ones. We loved them despite of their shortcomings like for my family's case I have an autistic younger brother, when we bring him out to public, he might not be able to control his feelings very well and scream, people will just stare at you and him and give you this disapproving look. But we still love him despite the fact that he may not be able to talk and react like a normal child of his age. So, I can like totally understand the stares and glares all this people would faced on the streets of Singapore.

Well, yesterday evening 30 June 2012, 15,000 people have come together to show their support towards the freedom to love. And have light up Hong Lim Park with a sea of pink!! This is the fourth Pink Dot Event in Singapore since 2009 from 2,500 attendees to current 15,000. This time round there are artiste performing - Pink Dot 2012 Ambassadors - Kumar, Sharon Au and Lim Yu-Beng , acoustic duo Jack & Rai, Pam Oei and many others. This was how beautiful love could be if we have more support, acceptance and less discrimination...15,000 Singaporeans coming together in dramatic spectacle of glowing torches,
light sticks and mobile phones to celebrate the freedom of love.

(Credits to Pink Dot Sg)

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