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ShiGGa Shay is a Singapore-based rapper, music producer and film-maker who directs and edits all his own music videos. The 23-year-old Hip-Hop artist has performed twice for Singapore’s National Day Parade, Singapore’s most-watched live telecasted event (in 2010 and 2014) and several South Asian music festivals like Yfest (SG), Raising The Bar (MY), etc. As part of Singapore’s SG50 jubilee music project Sing Love, he has been personally handpicked by one of Mandopop’s biggest artists Stefanie Sunto work with her on ‘Simple Love’.

ShiGGastepped up to be a Pink Dot ambassador because he believes in the Freedom to Love and equality for all LGBT Singaporeans.

“I think it’s important that society develops a better understanding of LGBT people. I have friends and colleagues who are gay, lesbian and transgender, and I admire their courage for being true to themselves. That makes them heroes to me.”

Fully comprehending what it means to be the underdog through his youth and at the beginning of his career, he now sees how he can be an example to all young Singaporeans – to inspire young Singaporeans to learn to be more tolerant and understanding of their fellow LGBT Singaporeans, as well as to advocate the importance of open-mindedness and acceptance for people from all walks of life.

“I performed last year at the concert and it was very moving seeing so many people. You look around you and you see everyone’s faces, so happy and hopeful for a better future.”

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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.”