Pink Dot 2011, the third iteration of Singapore's annual LGBT pride event, was held later on in the year compared to its two previous incarnations (see Pink Dot SG and Pink Dot 2010), on Saturday, 18 June 2011, so as not to clash with the 2011 Singapore General Elections which took place in May 2011.
Date announcement video
The Dim Sum Dollies were roped in as the ambassadors for the introductory, date-announcement video and hosts for the event.
The campaign video for Pink Dot 2011 abandoned the "talking heads" format used in the past 2 years behind and embarked on a new concept, using volunteer professional actors and production staff to create a montage of real-life scenarios in which LGBT Singaporeans often find themselves, with mainstream members of society showing their support. The video garnered worldwide acclaim, with over 150,000 views within two weeks of its release. It was translated into all four official Singaporean languages as well as into French, Spanish and other international ones.
For the first time, Pink Dot 2011 was listed as an event in Time Out Singapore, with a full article devoted to it. It was also the first time The Straits Times listed an LGBT-supportive event in its pages, classifying it as a "gig" because a concert featuring up-and-coming local music icons was slated to be part of the festivities.
On 18 June, over 10,000 people thronged Hong Lim Park to form Pink Dot, setting a new record for the largest gathering there, far surpassing the estimated 4,000 person limit that an earlier newspaper report said the park could hold. As such, it was not possible to form a circular dot or any discernible shape as the park was filled to capacity with an amorphous agglomeration of people.
The event was even more widely reported in the mainstream media than in the previous year, with coverage by Channel News Asia, The Straits Times,, Yahoo! News Lian He Zao Bao, and TODAY.
Analogous overseas events
It also spurred LGBT people in New York,, Utah,,,,,,, London, Montreal, Anchorage, Alaska, the Philippines, Kao Hsiung, Taiwan, and Malaysia to organise their own Pink Dot events using the same concepts and principles upon which the original one was built.
Other commemorative videos
A commemorative video of Pink Dot 2011 was produced by the organisers and other independent videographers from The Street Times and Young Out Here (YOH).
Reports and comments on the event were also made on citizen journalism websites like The Online Citizen,,, socio-political blogs such as Yawning Bread and others, and in online magazines locally, and online news sources internationally,,.
The National Day (9 Aug 2011) edition of TODAY newspaper featured a full-page article on Pink Dot, implying that the LGBT community was regarded as an integral part of Singapore society on her 46th birthday. It interviewed committee member Alan Seah and published a huge photo of Seah and his mother, seated on a wheelchair.
Pink Dot Utah
- Pink Dot SG
- Sequence of events leading to Pink Dot
- Pink Dot 2010
- Pink Dot 2011
- Pink Dot 2012
- Pink Dot 2013
- Pink Dot 2014
- Pink Dot 2015
- Pink Dot 2016
- Pink Dot 2017
- Pink Dot 2018
- Pink Dot 2019
- Pink Dot 2020
This article was written by Roy Tan.