Hello Pink Dot! I’ve got a speech to make, and only a few minutes. But first, and you’re gonna laugh, but this is important! First, let me take a selfie!

Ok everybody get in!

Let me tell you why! It’s for my cousin Su May, in London. Su May is lesbian. And she’s thrilled that we’re here today, supporting her freedom to love!

Back in 2009, I sent her pictures of the first Pink Dot.

I believed then, as I believe now, that LGBT people deserve the same love and respect as everyone else.

But, before Pink Dot, I did not believe that Singapore was ready to discuss LGBT rights. I did not believe it, because that is the message I had heard from our politicians, from our legal system, from our media. I was told that Singapore was a conservative, Asian society. And conservative Asian societies are not supposed to be able to deal with LGBT.

But then, in 2009, Pink Dot was started, right here! And it was started by people from Singapore! Thousands of people from this supposedly conservative, Asian, kiasu, kiasee society stood up to be counted! And to affirm our LGBT members. Because we shared a belief: That love is a universal human right. You know, I don’t think I have ever been so proud of my country! Pink Dot, you make me proud to be Singaporean!

My cousin Su May told me she was proud of us, her LGBT-friendly cousins and allies, for making Singapore a more diverse, inclusive place.

So that’s why I’m here today. I’m here for my family. I want to make sure that when my cousin Su May, and her partner, and their baby daughter, my niece, next come to visit, Singapore will be ready to welcome them as the beautiful young family they are!

We’ve heard a lot about families recently. In the press. Some of it from people who say that families need defending from people like us. You know, as I look around at all our families gathered here today, in support of each other, and in love, I have to say that I don’t think our families need defending. I think they need celebrating! What do you say Pink Dot?


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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.”