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Pink Dot rally organisers open to ‘constructive discussion’

Saddened that certain quarters have reacted negatively towards its efforts at creating a more loving society, organisers say.

SINGAPORE: The organisers of the annual Pink Dot gathering have responded to the wave of controversy that has erupted in the wake of the Wear White campaign launched by an Islamic religious teacher against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement.

In a statement issued on Tuesday (June 24), a spokesperson for the Pink Dot organising committee said it was saddened “certain quarters have reacted negatively to our efforts at creating a more loving and embracing society”. Calling on all parties to “exercise restraint”, the spokesperson said the Pink Dot welcomed any opportunity to engage in “thoughtful and constructive discussion”.

The Wear White movement called on Muslims to wear white this Saturday – the same day as the Pink Dot rally – as a sign of protest against homosexuality, sparking off statements from various faith groups expressing their stand on the LGBT issue, including the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore and the Catholic Church.

Faith Community Baptist Church pastor Lawrence Khong, who has been outspoken on the issue, has declared his support for the movement, urging like-minded groups to come together to oppose Pink Dot “before it is too late”.

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