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Tech and media giants ask permission to support LGBT event Pink Dot Singapore

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By Benjamin Cher | Reporter

June 15, 2017 | 3 min read

Tech and media giants have written to the Singapore Police Force last week to request permission to support the Pink Dot Festival in Singapore.

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Tech and media giants write in to support Pink Dot Singapore

This comes after the Singapore government clamped down on foreign sponsorship of the LGBT event.

Airbnb, Apple, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Salesforce.com, Twitter and Uber signed the letter. In it, the companies offered a compromise for supporting the event via a “modest financial and/or in-kind support.”

The companies are offering to not be listed individually as sponsors but instead under a generic group such as “Friends of Pink Dot,” as a well as removing their logos from any event material or backdrop and only have local representatives from their companies.

“We believe that with the foregoing conditions would help dispel the perception, if any, that the event is a product of foreign intervention,” said the companies in the letter.

“We remain hopeful that you would grant us the privilege of supporting the efforts of your citizens and permanent residents in celebrating inclusion, diversity and the freedom to love,” it added.

When asked for a statement about their involvement, Twitter and Facebook chose not to comment, while Uber, Airbnb and Goldman Sachs did not respond by the time of publishing.

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