We are immensely disappointed that Singapore has chosen to reject a loving father’s application to adopt his own biological son based on an outdated view of what a family should constitute, effectively sending the message that this country will wilfully discriminate based on a family’s physical make-up as opposed to its propensity to create a loving, nourishing environment for all its members.

Pink Dot fully embraces the notion that the family is the most important building block of society. However, let us not forget that ‘family’ goes beyond just the narrow definition of man, wife and children, and what is most important isn’t its constituent components, but that they all come together in love, respect and dignity. Moreover, an increasing number of studies conducted by reputable international institutions such as the American Psychological Association, Journal of Behavioral Pediatrics and Williams Institute show “no difference in family relationships or child health outcomes between same-sex and different-sex households”. That the Adoption of Children Act “did not envisage the specific situation this case presents” is itself proof that policy is falling behind society’s evolving nature, in which non-nuclear families are increasingly embraced and recognised as part of the larger social fabric around the world.

The reality of the matter is that the law is outdated and doesn’t account for the rich diversity of relationships the same way that we celebrate our multiracialism and multiculturalism, and it is a cruel thing to deny a child the legitimacy to his own biological Father.

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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.”