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The Pink Dot Sg Organising Committee wishes to express our deepest condolences to the family of Singapore’s First Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew.

As Singapore’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Mr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to Singapore is unquestioned.

Singapore, home to diverse communities living side-by-side, is by no means a utopia. But it is a country built on the backs of people who share in the hopes and dreams of forging a nation united in a common cause: to succeed against all odds.  

Singapore is a testament to the efforts of Mr. Lee and our pioneer generation, who have collectively sacrificed much for the comforts we enjoy today.

It is our hope that we, as Singaporeans, regardless of race, language, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, continue to build on the successes of Mr Lee’s generation.

It is also our hope that, despite differences in opinion, backgrounds, and beliefs, Singapore will grow to be a loving nation that champions inclusivity and celebrates diversity for one and all – for it is our differences that truly make us great.

Singapore will feel Mr. Lee’s absence very keenly.

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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.”