Singapore’s gay pride rally has won sponsorship from a record number of companies even though the foreigners are banned from attending the event by the ruling of government. The organisers of the Pink Dot Rally have raised the equivalent of $183,000 US Dollars from more than 100 companies for the rally, due to be held on July 1st at ‘Speaker’s Corner’ in a downtown park. In comparison to last year’s 18 companies the progress is huge. Homosexuality remains illegal in Singapore but the LGBT community exists and government knows it. Persecutions of gays are a rarity. But changes to the law announced in October removed the distinction between “participants” and “observers”, organizers said, leaving them “no choice” but to bar foreigners. Revellers traditionally attend the event, which has been held since 2009 and generally attracts crowds of up to 30,000 people, dressed in pink and shining flashlights.