I’m standing up here today as a Pink Dot ambassador because I want to stand in solidarity with all my LGBTQ friends and family. Many of you are my childhood friends, my mates from school, fellow artists, collaborators and colleagues, my hair, make-up and fashion counsels, my close confidants, my trusted friends. I am not just your straight ally. You are part of my family, and I want to you to know that I love you, I support you, and I will always have your back

This is my commitment, and this is my choice.

There are some things in life we don’t have a lot of choice over.We can’t choose the colour of our skin. We can’t choose the family we are born into. We can’t choose to be tall or short, right or left-handed, just as how we can’t choose to be born male or female, gay or straight.

But I believe there are many things in life that we CAN choose.

We CAN choose to embrace and treat our fellow human beings, including our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, equally, and with kindness, dignity and respect.

We CAN choose to raise our children to be secure and confident in who they are, and to teach all our young ones to be compassionate and accepting of those who are different from them.

We CAN choose to be big-hearted and open-minded as a society, one where all Singaporeans – no matter our race, language, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity – can feel included and feel a part of this place we call home.

Let’s choose to listen instead of judge. Let’s choose to be one united people, instead of being divided. Let’s choose to open our hearts instead of closing our minds.

So, thank you, everyone, for choosing – for choosing to come here today to form this Pink Dot. Thank you to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters for standing up and being counted; to our straight friends, allies and families, for your support and solidarity; and most of all, to the organizing team and volunteers of Pink Dot for bringing us together in the spirit of love and celebration tonight.

Pink Dot is more than just about LGBTQ issues. It is special because it reminds us of our common humanity. It reminds us of the need to show compassion to our fellow man, which is the foundation of a plural and multicultural society like ours.

Change begins with each of us – it begins in the small places close to us – in our homes, in the streets where we live, in our schools, in our workplaces. Each and every one of you is an ambassador, in your own way, simply because you are here. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.


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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.”