Pink power! Celebrities set for pro-LGBT Pink Dot event
Denise Ho Wan-see to perform in June; model Janet Ma calls for acceptance of diversity
Singers, celebrities and lawmakers yesterday urged the public to embrace gender diversity and inclusivity, promoting an event next month that will see participants wearing pink and grouping together to form a giant pink dot for an aerial photo.
Pink Dot - an event first staged in Singapore - will be held in Hong Kong for the first time on June 15, at Tamar Park in Admiralty, next to the government offices. Organisers promised games, picnics and musical performances by singers supporting the cause.
"We are inviting everyone - not just the LGBT community, but also their families, friends and anyone who loves freedom," said Professor John Erni, chairman of Pink Alliance, one of the organisers of the event.
The event will start at 2pm, said Brian Leung of Big Love Alliance, another organiser. The main highlight will be at 4pm, when pink-clad participants will gather to form a pink dot for photographs to be taken from a helicopter above. Singers including Denise Ho Wan-see and Alex To will then perform.
"In a just world, everyone can accept everyone regardless of their differences," said Ho. "So even if you're against what we stand for, we also welcome you, because I believe that communication is key. Come and get to know us - we don't bite."
Ho, a co-founder of Big Love Alliance, has been involved in gender-orientation rights advocacy since she publicly came out as a lesbian.
"I'd like to tell parents that even if you can't be there to physically support your sons and daughters, you need to show them emotional support," said model Janet Ma, wife of actor Michael Wong, whose daughter Kayla recently revealed that she is gay after being photographed by paparazzi.
"A family without acceptance and understanding - how is that a family?" Ma said.