Pink Dot Ambassador 2016 – ShiGGa Shay
ShiGGa Shay is a Singapore-based rapper, music producer and film-maker who directs and edits all his own music videos. The 23-year-old Hip-Hop artist has performed twice for Singapore’s National Day Parade, Singapore’s most-watched live telecasted event (in 2010 and 2014) and several South Asian music festivals like Yfest (SG), Raising The Bar (MY), etc. As part of Singapore’s SG50 jubilee music project Sing Love, he has been personally handpicked by one of Mandopop’s biggest artists Stefanie Sunto work with her on ‘Simple Love’.
ShiGGastepped up to be a Pink Dot ambassador because he believes in the Freedom to Love and equality for all LGBT Singaporeans.
“I think it’s important that society develops a better understanding of LGBT people. I have friends and colleagues who are gay, lesbian and transgender, and I admire their courage for being true to themselves. That makes them heroes to me.”
Fully comprehending what it means to be the underdog through his youth and at the beginning of his career, he now sees how he can be an example to all young Singaporeans – to inspire young Singaporeans to learn to be more tolerant and understanding of their fellow LGBT Singaporeans, as well as to advocate the importance of open-mindedness and acceptance for people from all walks of life.
“I performed last year at the concert and it was very moving seeing so many people. You look around you and you see everyone’s faces, so happy and hopeful for a better future.”