Theresa Goh is a Paralympic swimmer from Singapore. She has been representing her country in various international competitions for the past 18 years. She believes her success has been largely due to the strong family support she has. Theresa has participated in the last 4 Paralympic Games and was the first female Singaporean swimmer to qualify for the Paralympics in 2004. A former world record holder in the 50m and 200m Breaststroke SB4 category, she recently clinched a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB4 category, at the Rio Paralympics on her 4th Paralympic Games outing. A pioneer in the disability sports scene in Singapore, Theresa strongly believes in the importance of seeing the ability in a person and not their disability.

Theresa stepped up to be a Pink Dot Ambassador this year because she understands how important love is, and she want to show everyone that we can all take a stand for a loving, inclusive and positive society.

“Growing up, I have always felt certain moments of loneliness and not quite belonging anywhere. I had to find places that I felt like I could belong, and carve out spaces for myself so I can fit in. It was, least to say, uncomfortable.

As I went on to my first two Pink Dot events, I would always feel like I am surrounded by a lot of love and a lot of positivity, and it’s really like a space where I felt like I could be truly who I am and be happy.

This year, it was very heartening to hear about the local entrepreneurs who have come in to support Red Dot for Pink Dot. For Singaporean individuals like myself, there are also a great number of ways we can lend our support, from sharing Pink Dot’s social media posts to speaking to your friends about the Pink Dot movement. There are so many ways anyone can help spread the message love and inclusivity.”

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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.”