Ambassadors

Munah and Hirzi

Pink Dot

Terming themselves the ‘Founding Prince and Princess of Singapore’s YouTube scene’, the hilariously wacky duo comprising Munah Bagharib and Hirzi Zulkiflie are an internet force to be reckoned with.

With a YouTube channel already boasting nearly 120,000 subscribers and exceeding 24 million views, Munah & Hirzi are outspoken in their opinions, and often use their unique brand of humour, wit and shameless chutzpah to address issues of the day. The effervescent pair feel that people can only begin to embrace their own sexual orientation or gender identity when they feel that they have support.

“The LGBT issue in Singapore is still not openly discussed; it’s still something many people choose not to discuss or share. And where there isn’t such communication going on, people just think it’s a taboo topic to talk about, and therefore a taboo topic to accept,” said Hirzi.

The duo, who have always supported Pink Dot since its early days, got motivated to step up after a meet- and-greet session with young fans late last year. What was meant to be a very casual and fun conversation turned into a heartfelt sharing of experiences. One fan shared her own personal struggles with coming to terms with her sexual orientation, and it was this particular encounter that inspired them to approach Pink Dot.

Munah said, “There we were, complete strangers to this group of people who so candidly opened their lives to us by sharing their stories, they’ve really changed our minds about why we do what we do. That was why we decided to work with Pink Dot this year: we wanted to step up to show people that we are here to support them, to make a stand and do what we can to help the community.”

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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.”