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People gather for the annual Pink Dot event in support of LGBT rights, Singapore, July 1, 2017 (AP photo by Wong Maye-E).

How LGBT Activists Are Marshaling Support From Singapore’s Private Sector

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on LGBT rights and discrimination in various countries around the world.

Plans for an annual festival in Singapore supporting LGBT rights came under threat last year when the government denied sponsorship requests from multinational companies. In the end, however, the Pink Dot festival went ahead with the backing of more than 100 Singaporean companies. In an email interview, Linda Lakhdhir, a legal adviser for the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, describes Pink Dot’s significance and the challenges facing LGBT Singaporeans. ...

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