Last Friday, the Supreme Court of The United States ruled that same sex marriage in all 50 states in the US would be considered a fundamental right, ending years of struggle for equality between homosexual and heterosexual couples (whether or not there is true equality, of course, is an ongoing debate).
Around the world, supporters of the cause have been taking to the Internet to express their joy and encouragement, with social media sites like Facebook coming up with their own ways of celebrating the landmark ruling. Even America’s White House got bathed in rainbow coloured lights:
In Singapore, where the issue of gay rights remains one that many are unwilling to discuss, many personalities have nonetheless made known their stand by changing their Facebook profile pictures to include a rainbow coloured overlay. Here are some of them:
Janice Koh, Actress and former Nominated Member of Parliament
In 2012, Koh was nominated by the Arts community to become one of nine NMPs. Her notable roles as an actress include lawyer Angela Ang on Mediacorp Channel 5’s The Pupil.
Timothy De Cotta, Musician
De Cotta is a songwriter and producer who released his debut single Rio in 2013.
Irene Ang, Entertainer and CEO of FLY Entertainment
Most Singaporeans would remember Ang from her iconic role as Rosie Phua in the sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd. She founded FLY Entertainment in 1999, and it has since grown into one of Singapore’s most notable artiste management agencies.
Krystal Choo, CEO and Founder of Travel App Wander
Choo founded Wander in 2014; the travel app targets singles/solo travellers.
Royston Tan, Filmmaker
Tan is one of Singapore’s most prominent filmmakers. One of his most popular works include 881, the film based on Singapore’s getai scene.
Amelia Chen, Co-founder of Couple App LoveByte
Chen co-founded LoveByte in 2012; the app aims to bring couples closer together via technology. LoveByte was acquired by social entertainment platform migme in 2014.
Steve Melhuish, Group CEO of PropertyGuru
Melhuish co-founded PropertyGuru in 2006. The site has since grown into one of Asia’s top property portals.
Anthony Chen, Film Director and Producer
Chen gained prominence in Singapore when his debut feature film Ilo Ilo won the Camera d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Grace Clapham, Co-founder of The Change School
Clapham is known for her involvement with The Change School, and for being the Lead Curator at TEDxSingaporeWomen 2012 and 2013.
Lenne Chai, Photographer
Based in Singapore and Tokyo, Chai is a photographer whose work has been featured in publications like NYLON Japan and Harper’s Bazaar Singapore.