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July 14, 2014
Roy Tan delivered Singapore's first open-air speech on an LGBT issue to an overwhelmingly straight audience at Hong Lim Park at 5:15pm on Saturday, 13 December 2,008. He spoke on the discrimination which gay Singaporeans faced at work.
The event was organised by MARUAH and entitled, "Human Rights and Dignity of Workers". It marked the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which promotes the values of justice, fairness, equality and non-discrimination.
4.30pm - Welcome remarks by Co-organiser of U60, Ms Clara Feng, member of MARUAH
4.35pm - Speech by Chairperson of MARUAH, Ms Braema Mathi
" Workers In Singapore - Vulnerable Communities"
4.45pm - Speech by Mr Ravi Philemon
"Contract Workers in Singapore"
4.55pm - Speech by Exco Member, Transient Workers Count Too, Mr. Mykel Yeo
"Foreign Workers in Singapore"
5.05pm - Speech by Action for Aids Programme Coordinator, Mr Benedict Thambyah
"People with HIV in Singapore"
5.15pm - Speech by Mr Roy Tan
"People who are gays"
5.25pm - Closing remarks by Braema and special mention of pregnant Workers, the Disabled, the Mentally Ill, The ex- Convicts.
5.35pm - 6.30pm Make Your Commitment
It was not until the inaugural Pink Dot held on Saturday, 16 May 2,009 that the next outdoor LGBT speech was made.
Singapore's first outdoor LGBT speech - by Roy Tan