Singapore’s largest LGBTQ-affirming movement, Pink Dot SG, today marked a momentous 10 years with a strong, confident statement to the country. Emblazoned across a sea of pink lights created by thousands of Singaporeans and Permanent Residents were three simple yet powerful words – We Are Ready – a clarion call for inclusion, diversity and equality.

Pink Dot 10 was both a celebration and a sneak peek into the movement’s future. The inaugural PinkFest that took place over three weeks prior to Pink Dot today, saw over 20 LGBTQ-themed events created and curated by businesses, companies and individuals. Hundreds of people – LGBTQ and straight – attended these events in a strong show of support for the community.

Adding to this, and for the second year running, the Red Dot For Pink Dot initiative saw strong support among local businesses. 113 sponsors came onboard this year.

“We mark our tenth edition with hope and optimism for the future, but are also mindful that plenty more still remains to be done for Singapore to fully embrace the tenets of inclusion, diversity and equality,” said Paerin Choa, Pink Dot SG spokesperson. “As we celebrate this milestone, witnessing Speaker’s Corner awash in pink, let us remember that, just as we’ve been forced to erect barriers that separate us from friends and family members here, the LGBTQ community are likewise still restricted by discriminating laws and social prejudice.”

“To the members of the LGBTQ community and straight allies who turned up to be counted – from the bottom of our hearts, a big thank you.”

“To Singapore, as we march onward to the future, and as we celebrate National Day in a few weeks, we ask that you join hands with us, in love and compassion, to build a Singapore we can all truly call home. We Are Ready for this.”

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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.”