Singapore gay pride rally sponsorship breaks all records despite the governmental forbid

Gay rights supporters form a giant pink dot at "Speakers' Corner" in Singapore on June 28, 2014. A gay rights rally was set to kick off in Singapore June 28, with organisers expecting tens of thousands of people to celebrate sexual diversity in the city-state despite fierce opposition from religious conservatives. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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.


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