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Liu Ling Ling is a celebrated artiste in Singapore and is especially well known in the local ‘getai’ scene. She has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and is a beloved singer, actress and comedian. In recent years, she has starred in many local films to much acclaim – I Not Stupid Too, 881, 3688 and Mr. Unbelievable to name a few.

Ling Ling decided to be a Pink Dot ambassador this year because she believes she can reach out to a different segment of our society – those from the older generation who may be struggling with understanding their LGBT children, family members or friends.

“As a mother, I can imagine why some parents might be upset when they find out their children are LGBT. But I also think a lot of their concern stems from being worried for their children – Will they be ok? Will they be bullied? Will they be happy being like this?”

Fundamentally, she hopes that everyone can understand that being LGBT is not something that is a choice, and that as a society, this is something that we all have to acknowledge and accept.

“I think ultimately it is society that has to change. Because LGBT people can’t change. They are born the way they are, and they should not be bullied or looked down upon because of who they are. Everyone deserves to be loved, and LGBT people are no exception.”

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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.”