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The best LGBTQ+ events to celebrate pride in Singapore

Break out the pink shirts and rainbow flags, it's time to celebrate all-inclusive love at these virtual get-togethers

By Cam Khalid
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Just like last year's, this year's Pride Month is going to be one for the history books as it goes off the streets and online due to Covid-19 restrictions. While various electric IRL queer ragers are off the cards, and gay clubs are temporarily closed during this stay-home period, Singapore’s LGBTQ+ community takes the virtual space to celebrate the freedom to love with Pink Dot, and to promote a more inclusive Singapore with Pink Fest. There's also a trivia night, wellness workshop and film festival to get your pride.

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Pink Fest

LGBTQ+ Singapore City, Raffles Place

To quote Shakespeare: the devil works hard but Pink Fest works harder when it comes to promoting a more inclusive Singapore. Bringing the LGBTQ+ community and its allies together, the month-long festival is big on rolling out various programmes under the Pink Fest banner crowd favourites such as Pasar Pink. Since an IRL event is less likely to happen anytime soon, the pink affair is set to go online. Prepare to be "gagged" as it premieres its very first Queers’ Got Talent competition, which is hosted by Drag Race Thailand star Pangina Heals, as well as its first virtual pet contest Proud Pet Parade.

Memories of my Body, Asian Film Archive
Photograph: Memories of My Body

Pink Screen

Film Drama Singapore City, Raffles Place

Pride Month or not, The Projector has been a long-time ally of the LGBTQ+ community in Singapore. Besides being a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, the independent cinema also hosts queer party series Hoes Live Here with The Glory Hoes, and film festival Pink Screen where it showcases queer, indie flicks that are big on inclusion, representation and diversity on the big screen. Together with NBCUniversal, Pink Screen is set to swing both ways this year – online via The Projector Plus from June 2 and in cinema at The Projector from June 17. Cosy up at home for exclusive films such as Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and the nostalgia-filled Summer of 85. And if you're heading to the cinema, you won't want to miss the highly acclaimed Memories of My Body.

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IndigNation

IndigNation is recognised as Singapore's first public LGBT festival. Unlike the global Pride Month, it runs annually from August 1 to 31, and stands as a major milestone for queer visibility and awareness in Singapore. First celebrated in 2005, IndigNation runs a full programme of film screenings, open mics and conferences for the LGBTQ+ community (locals and foreigners alike) to gather and collaborate.

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