Hello everybody. I am very touched to see how many of you are proudly wearing pink today. We have overflowed the park this year! This is our biggest and brightest pink dot ever! This is a very strong statement all of you are making!

Growing up as a gay man in Singapore was very hard. I was often made to feel that I was abnormal and that I don’t belong. I often fear that I will be ostracized and be made fun of. I was forced to hide my true self. But I was lucky to have the support of my friends and loved ones. They made me feel accepted, they made growing up less frightening. I want to appeal to all our straight allies out there, if you know someone who is LGBT, please support them, let them know they are not alone. To all our straight allies who are here, I thank you. Your presence here means a lot to us.

Everyone of us deserves the freedom to love. And i believe that love will come to each and everyone of us who fight for it. When we are lucky enough to find love, we should not be told we cannot love because of the prejudice and ignorance of certain segments of Singapore.

I stand here today because I believe that when we stand together, Singapore can one day be a place where every Singaporean can be who they truly are. Where every LGBT Singaporean need not hide and will feel safe to say, I’m gay, I’m lesbian, I’m transgender, I’m bisexual.

Let us keep the spirit of Pink Dot burning bright.


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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.”