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 community for gay men to interact and have fun through social activities while
building healthy and lasting friendships.
What they do:
Leisure activities ar
e organised almost every month where members can interact and have fun.
When was it set up:19 August 2006
How to get in touch:

[Snapshot]


Rainbower is a friendly community for gay men to interact and build lasting and healthy friendships with each other. Fun-filled leisure and social activities are usually organised once a month at various locations for members to share the going-ons in their lives and to relax. Their gatherings culminate into their annual Star Awards party, where members celebrate all the gatherings that were organised during the past year. The community has been steadily growing since 2006 as friends pull in their other friends to join in the fun and games.



[Q&A]

We catch up with Andrew Chan (on the extreme left in the picture above), coordinator for Rainbower.


What was your motivational push to set up Rainbower?

The first factor: the people who attended our activities had lots of fun! Looking at the friendships being forged and seeing the smiles on their faces as they felt a sense of belonging to the group was the next and most meaningful factor that spurred me on.


What actually goes on during a Rainbower event?

Our gatherings are leisure events like barbecues and dinners, but we do have outdoor activities like beach sports and nature walks where members can stay healthy and active. We organise these activities so that members can come together and share their life issues with fellow members.

How are your members like?

Our members mostly consist of a group of professionals over 30 years old. We currently have about 30 to 40 members right now but that number is steadily growing. We are a fun-loving group of people, comfortable with our sexuality though many are not completely out to family, work or public.

How do new members get to know of Rainbower?

It is usually through word of mouth and through friends who pull their friends to join in that we reach out to new members.


What are you wearing to Pink Dot?

I am thinking of putting on something pink and with feathers, but it’s not confirmed yet! It pretty much depends on my mood and what makes me feel good then. Any suggestions? Less is more and I’m definitely going to remember to protect the environment. 🙂




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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.”