We whooped for joy when we found out earlier this year that corporate giants like Barclays were going to stand up for and stand behind Pink Dot, which campaigns for the freedom to love, regardless of sexual orientation. Perhaps, just perhaps, we are striding towards a more inclusive, open, and loving society someday soon.

Barclays is proud to be a Corporate Contributor of this year’s Pink Dot Singapore. Recognizing the importance of addressing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues and challenges in the city, Pink Dot’s campaign to raise awareness for diversity, inclusiveness and acceptance is a mission that resonates with the values and culture within our organisation.

At Barclays, we are committed to being a leading champion of LGBT inclusion. We recognise the value of diversity and inclusion to our business and our employees. Diverse teams make better decisions and they better reflect our clients and the communities in which we are part of.

Recognised across the globe as a benchmark for other firms seeking to achieve similar progress in diversity and inclusion, Barclays actively participates in industry leading events focusing on LGBT acceptance. That is why it is so important for us to be a part of the annual Pink Dot event in Singapore.

In order to encourage a non-discriminatory environment and improve the lives and careers of the Singapore’s LGBT community, Singapore’s corporate sector is encouraged to take a proactive and leading role in affecting efforts to foster LGBT-inclusive workplaces. It is our responsibility to push ahead with inclusion programs that lead to a greater engagement on LGBT issues in Singapore and a broader understanding of equality.

Since the inception of Spectrum – Barclays’ global LGBT employee network – we have made considerable headway into extending those principles that allow Barclays to maintain an open and inclusive workplace environment. We pride ourselves on facilitating a workplace where staff are respected for their talents and contributions, in an environment that offers everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, the same opportunities to be successful.

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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.”