Since 2005, Nathan Hartono has been a prominent presence in Singapore’s arts scene, having done work in music, on stage, as well as onscreen. Starting with an amateur singing competition, he has gone on to perform on hundreds of stages around the world — from stadium shows (NDP 2008/2015, Youth Olympics, Asian Youth Games, Stefanie Sun Tour), to selling out theatres (Esplanade Presents: Nathan Hartono 2008/2014, Pangdemonium! Productions: Spring Awakening, Next to Normal), to staging his biggest solo concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall in July 2016.

He first appeared onscreen starring on HBO’s Halfworlds (2015), and recently emerged as first runner-up on popular China-based singing competition, Sing! China《中国新歌声》.

Nathan is an ambassador this year because he firmly believes that mutual understanding is the key to a kinder, less judgmental society.

“If I never had the communication and dialogue that I had with all kinds of people regardless of their orientation, I would not have become as open about it as I am today. I would not have understood their points of view. If you don’t understand or share that perspective, you would always be completely closed off to that person.

The first thing I felt at Pink Dot was just completely unfiltered joy for the entire day. Everyone there just felt so happy and they were around people that they know — unjudging and full of love, the kind of place that I want to be in. I just want everyone to be able to live unjudged like any other human being.”

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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.”