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Singapore, 22 May 2018 — Come July 21 this year, Pink Dot SG, Singapore’s landmark LGBTQ-affirming event, marks its milestone tenth edition with an expanded array of activities and a strong message to Singaporeans.

“For the past nine editions, Pink Dot has worked hard to win the hearts and minds of Singaporeans, to help bring the message of inclusion and diversity to everyone on this Little Red Dot,” said Pink Dot SG spokesperson, Paerin Choa. “Hence, as we celebrate this important milestone, we want to call on every Singaporean who seeks a more open-minded and inclusive Singapore to stand with us, to say We Are Ready. We Are Ready to embrace diversity. We Are Ready to stand with our LGBTQ friends and family members. We are ready to engage in meaningful conversations on this issue that matters dearly to us. We Are Ready for a Singapore that truly celebrates equality and inclusion.”

To demonstrate this, festivities and activities leading up to Pink Dot 10 will revolve around more active community participation.

One key highlight, PinkFest, will see close to a dozen businesses, groups and individuals, LGBTQ and straight allies, organising an assortment of privately-run activities and events geared towards greater engagement with Singaporeans. Spanning the two weekends before Pink Dot, PinkFest is conceived as a festival of reflection, collaboration and jubilation; a platform on which everyone can join in supporting the Freedom to Love. [More details here.]

Also in line with having a greater community presence, Pink Dot 10 will also see the roll-out of three community-led campaign videos by three notable local filmmakers: Christopher Khor, Quen Wong and He Shuming. All three campaign videos focus on continuing challenges faced by LGBT individuals and families, told from the perspectives of a teenager behind the Love, Simon petition, a mother-and-daughter volunteer team, and a queer person from a Malay-Muslim family.

Continuing from its successful debut last year, Red Dot for Pink Dot returns with another fundraising drive, calling on corporate Singapore to continue taking a stand for inclusion and diversity. With a current tally of more than 60 local sponsors, the initiative continues to be led by Darius Cheung, founder of 99.co, with other business leaders including Ho Kwon Ping (Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings), Adrianna Tan (Founder of Wobe), Gwendolyn Regina (Founder of SGEntrepreneurs), Royston Tay (Founder of Zopim), Goh Yiping (Venture Partner, Quest Ventures), and Mohan Belani (Founder of e27) joining him to champion the initiative.

“Last year’s amazing response to Red Dot for Pink Dot sent a strong message that Singaporean businesses were ready to take a stand in support of the Freedom to Love,” said Darius Cheung. “This year, we hope to continue making waves – and we call on all of corporate Singapore, from the family-run SMEs to the massive Singapore-owned multinationals, to join us in this endeavour.”

On-event, Pink Dot 10 will also incorporate some logistical changes to its overall layout at Speakers’ Corner. The event will continue the last year’s use of barricades and check points and attendees will still be required to show photo ID (pink/blue NRIC or passport) to volunteers and security personnel before being admitted into the park. This year, attendees will come in through one dedicated entrance with twice as many checkpoints as the previous year.

The Pink Dot Concert will also be hosted on a purpose-built stage as Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre undergoes renovations. Look forward to headlining local artistes declare their undying support for the Freedom To Love through song.

A major mainstay, the Pink Dot Community Tent will continue welcoming 25 LGBTQ community and support groups. As always, each group brings their unique brand of love and support for the LGBT community, and attendees to Pink Dot are encouraged to visit these groups and learn more about them.

Organisers invite all Singaporeans and PRs to come down to Pink Dot 10 and stand strong together for a truly inclusive Singapore on Saturday, 22 July 2018.

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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.”