Embark on a journey of self-discovery together with three strangers Chris , Carissa, and Jae, as they share their experiences of being transgender in Singapore.Thank you for the safe space @hungryforsmol !
“I know, I’ll definitely come out of this a little happier,” he says. “I thought I’d never act on my feelings, I’d never to do anything, but it’d be fine and I’d live my life extremely happily.”But now it’s the complete opposite of that and I’m living the life I’ve chosen to live. I never thought I’d do that.”
Saturday’s main event was the 43rd Mardi Gras parade held in the city – described online as “a stunning and sparkling showcase of LGBTQI+ culture and community”.
The parade was televised and featured colourful costumes and a headline performance from singer Rita Ora.
Some 5,000 took part in the parade, which for 2021 was themed “Rise” which organisers said was chosen “after the challenge and hardship” of the last year.
Many of the marchers also had political messages – including calls for transgender and sex worker rights.
While gatherings of thousands are unthinkable in much of the world right now, the state of New South Wales has gone 48 days without local coronavirus transmission.
Australia has only recorded about 29,000 cases and 900 deaths in total throughout the pandemic.
Other ticketed Mardi Gras events and house parties being held locally had limits of 50 people in place, with police keeping a highly visible presence around the city to make sure protocol was respected.
“We knew Mardi Gras was going to look very different in 2021, so I’d like to thank the community for coming together today and celebrating peacefully and safely,” New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Talbot said in a statement.
“We are in a unique position in Australia to be able to host events of this scale during a global health pandemic, and I commend the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras team for planning such a well-organised, Covid-safe event.”