Singapore – On June 29 (Saturday), Lee Hsien Yang was spotted for the first time at a Pink Dot annual event.
The younger brother of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong continues to support his second son Li Huanwu, who recently tied the know with Dr Heng Yirui. Lee was accompanied by his wife, Suet Fern at the LGBTQ community’s most high-profile event of the year.
Different shades of pink filled Hong Lim Park on Saturday for the event which called for a firm stand against discrimination towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
“#loveislove with newly wedded husbands – Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson Li Huanwu and Dr Heng Yirui, and their parents Lee Hsien Yang, Lee Suet Fern with us at #PinkDot11 standing #AgainstDiscrimination!” read the caption at Pink Dot SG’s Facebook page.
Both parents showed full support for their son by wearing pink, with Mrs Lee donning a beautiful pink floral dress and Mr Lee in his pink shirt, complete with a pink umbrella.
“I’m here to see what it’s about,” said Lee to Mothership, and urged everyone who might be opposed to the advocacy of Pink Dot to “come and see for themselves what it’s about.”
As for Lee, he and his family are very happy for Li and Heng.
It was a whole family event last May when the couple got married in South Africa where same-sex marriage is legal.
Their appearance touched netizens, who thanked the family for their support.
John Tham wrote that “their presence is heartfelt and meant a lot to everyone.”
Jeremy Cacho-Lim shared that he felt better after seeing the post while Tristan Akito Yagami exclaimed what a beautiful picture it was and “how a supportive family makes a difference.”
The post, which has reached Reddit, also received applause. Many noticed that how it was both parents who support their child.
Vincent Huang wrote a lengthy comment focusing on the parents’ affirmation of their child, politics, and background aside.
To find out more about Pink Dot’s initiative and their invitation to PM Lee in response to his “lack of understanding on the discrimination that takes place in Singapore, read related: Pink Dot rebuts PM Lee’s views and invite him to attend the LGBT pride gathering
PM Lee was not among the crowd on Saturday because he is currently in Osaka, Japan for the 14th G20 Leaders’ Summit from June 27 to 30.