Dearest Lady Gaga,

Welcome to Singapore!

We are Pink Dot Sg, a peaceful social movement that calls upon Singaporeans to support the Freedom to Love regardless of sexual orientation. Since our inception in 2009, we have called open minded Singaporeans to come out, dressed in pink to form a human pink dot – a symbol of acceptance of the LGBT community in Singapore. The yearly Pink Dot event has grown from 2,000 participants in 2009 to 10,000 in 2011, very significant numbers in strait-laced Singapore. This year, Pink Dot will take place on June 30.

Singaporeans “born this way” are far from being fully accepted by both government and society. Gay sex is still illegal, positive portrayal of LGBT persons is consistently censored in mainstream media, HIV prevention efforts are hampered by conservative sex education policies, LGBT persons are sidelined in jobs like education and the military, and most importantly, conservative families are far from being supportive.

But Pink Dot Sg and our 10,000 gay and straight supporters are not angry. Our response to fear, ignorance and homophobia is to share stories of love and acceptance. We know we’ve made an impact, and there’s more work to be done.

We hope you could lend your supporting voice, with a shout-out like “Singapore, support the freedom to love! Support Pink Dot 2012!” Tweet it, mention it in an interview, shout out to your monsters at your concert – ANYTHING! We love your outspokenness in addressing LGBT issues, and what you say can and will be of great encouragement and support to LGBT Singaporeans everywhere!

Thank you.

Hugs and kisses,

Pink Dot Sg

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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.”