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Pink Dot: Buro 24/7 Singapore Playlist #165

We are ready

Pink Dot's beloved mascot, Pinkie, shares the theme songs that have galvanised the freedom to love movement in Singapore over the last decade

Since the inaugural assembly of Pink Dot at Hong Lim Park in 2009, the rally has always culminated with the mass singing of a chosen theme song. This playlist looks back at the theme songs of the past nine editions of Pink Dot and reveals 2018's theme song. With music's long tradition in civil rights movements across the globe, we have used songs to galvanise the community and foster a more inclusive society. 

'All You Need is Love' by The Beatles was the theme song for the inaugural Pink Dot in 2009.  It was our first time organising an LGBTQ rally and we really didn't know what to expect. But the message was simple: We were there to support the freedom to love. All we needed was love from the LGBTQ community and straight allies to get us to where we wanted to be.  

In 2013, Dick Lee's version of his popular National Day song 'Home' questioned whether every Singaporean can truly call this country "home". We dared to envision an inclusive Singapore where we can all belong without fear and prejudice. This is possibly the theme song that has resonated the most with our community as we continue to fight for equal rights in our home country. The following year, we returned to the Sister Sledge classic and pride anthem, 'We Are Family'. It was an important message of coming together and to rally and empower the LGBTQ community, particularly in the face of the new anti-LGBTQ Wear White movement.

For the tenth edition of Pink Dot this year, we've chosen 'This is Me', from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. It is an unapologetic anthem for diversity, inclusivity and acceptance. It ties in very nicely with this year's theme of 'We are Ready' — to stand together as a community, to start difficult conversations for a better society and to be seen as equals in the eye of the law.    

Pink Dot 10 takes place at Hong Lim Park on 21 July at 5pm.  All Singaporeans and PRs are welcome to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and support the freedom to love.  For more information, follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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