We talk to the everyday heroes who make Singapore a better place person by person, day after day. These LGBT support groups will also have a booth (or a picnic mat) at Pink Dot 2011, so come by and say hi!

Who they are: A resource centre and library for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and curious individuals.

What they do: Their library has about 1,000 non-fiction and fiction titles, and they regularly hold book launches, talks and workshops.

When was it set up: 2003 by Charmaine Tan, Eileena Lee and Dinesh Naidu.

How to get in touch:
Website; Facebook; Email [email protected]

Address: Free Community Church, 56 Lor Geylang #03-00 Century Technology Building, S 388391 (Open Sat 2-6pm)


A free library resource stocked with LGBT-related fiction and non-fiction titles, the Pelangi Pride Centre is run by about 20 volunteers. Currently, they’re housed at Free Community Church in Geylang. It’s open every Saturday from 2 to 6 pm.

PPC managing team: Eileena Lee, Lai Nam Khim and Charmaine Tan


What are some of the favourite book titles in the PPC library?

We have quite a few “hot” favourites in the library. These include Johann S. Lee’s Peculiar Chris, Pat Califia’s Stone Butch Blues, Betty Berzon’s Permanent Partners, the list goes on! There are “seasons” for when these books become “hot”. For instance, during university vacations, a lot more people come and borrow books on relationships.

Do you think our NLB selection of books caters to the LGBT community?

At present, we don’t think so, and that’s one of the reasons why we continue to operate the library, although it is incredibly painstaking and labourious work (especially for us non-librarians!!!) We think it would be hard to come by a place in Singapore, apart from PPC, where people have access to so many LGBTQ-related titles, all in one place.

Where do you get your books from?

The majority of our books are personal donations from the LGBTQ community! We also have received cash donations which we used to stock popular titles for the library.

Why did you get involved?

Many of us didn’t have access to information and resources when we were coming to terms with our sexual orientation. We know that this journey can be a time of great questioning and loneliness, especially if you become convinced in the process that there’s no one else “out there” who understands what you are going through. A space like PPC allows people to access information, at their own time in a non-threatening space.

What are you wearing to Pink Dot?

We haven’t decided yet but we have a sneaking suspicion it might be something pink.

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TV host and writer Anita Kapoor, shot to fame as the clear favourite winner of a Discovery travel host search and has not looked back since. Insatiably curious and possessing a natural wit, this former magazine editor has explored the world for Discovery TLC, AXN, Lonely Planet, Channel News Asia and OKTO, and Starwood Asia Pacific channels, forever on a quest to pioneer the non-conformist stories and locations, especially to connect with the provocateurs who move their worlds.

She is an ambassador for the Singapore chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and her advocacies include Willing Hearts which feeds Singapore’s marginalised, Magic Bus which empowers childrens’ lives in India through sports, and A Single Love which supports single parents. She has also spoken at TEDx Singapore Women 2012 on ‘Female to Female Misogyny in the First World’.

As a Pink Dot ambassador this year, Anita hopes to extend her voice on issues of equality as she firmly believes that everyone deserves equal rights, regardless of the hand they have been dealt in life.

“I see the rights of LGBT people as human rights, really. Everyone deserves to be treated equally – in society, in employment and in the eyes of the law. I believe that as fellow human beings, it’s important to stand together – to speak up for one another when we have the ability and opportunity to do so.”

Anita continues: “There’s a lot of work to be done, a lot of people we need to reach out to. Every one of us has the capacity to be a hero to someone else. I hope more Singaporeans will join us at this year’s Pink Dot. Because together, we can make this a more inclusive society for everyone.”