Pink Dot 11 Ambassadors: Preeti Nair (Preetipls), Beatrice Chia-Richmond and Subhas Nair

Beatrice Chia-Richmond
Beatrice is an accomplished actor and director. We have seen her on film, television and theatre. She has also lent her talents and vision as Creative Director for large scale events like the National Day Parade and the Southeast Asian Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies. This year, she steps up to add her voice to the Pink Dot Movement.

“In some of the work that I do, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the national narrative. In this national narrative, the key word over the last few years has been “inclusivity.” However, when it comes to LGBTQ people in our national narrative, I think that has yet to come. It is difficult for me to accept a world, a country, a home where my LGBTQ friends feel unaccepted, discriminated against, or worst still, made to feel embarrassed of who they are.”

Preeti Nair (Preetipls)
Preeti Nair, better known as Preetipls, has made waves as a viral internet sensation with content that parodies and pokes fun at more serious topics such as ‘racial harmony’ in Singapore and the misrepresentation of minority races in local media. Her use of humour to discuss tough social issues has paved the way for Preetipls to be known as “Singapore’s Satirical Internet Queen”. Offline, Preetipls saw her debut stand-up comedy show with Dream Academy’s Happy Ever Laughter 2018. No stranger to discrimination herself, Preeti joins the fight against it as an ambassador for Pink Dot 11.

“I can’t say I understand how it [discrimination] feels like for a member of the LGBTQ community, but I know that it hurts because I understand discrimination in the form of body shaming and racism. I strongly believe in the Freedom to Love and I believe in speaking up for members of the LGBTQ community who experience discrimination every single day.”

Subhas Nair
Subhas was always clear that a lifetime of serving those in power was not for him. As such, after graduation from Yale-NUS, he chose to apply his urban studies background and express himself through rap music. Sensitive to the realities on the ground in Singapore; his music focuses on the minority; the marginalised. As an ally and ambassador at Pink Dot 11, he stands against the discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community in Singapore.

“There are groups of people who have been systematically excluded from the Singapore narrative. As a Singaporean, I believe I have the power and the duty to do something about that. There is institutionalised discrimination in Singapore that needs to be addressed. As allies, we must be ready to call it out and demand action towards justice for all.”

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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.”