APCOM HERO Awards 2022’s honourees list

By November 15, 2022 December 2nd, 2022 Newsroom, Regional, What We Do

Bangkok, 15 November 2022

With only two weeks to go to the 6th HERO Awards, APCOM Foundation, a leading Asia Pacific LGBTQI and HIV community organisation based in Bangkok, is proud to partner with community organisations ILGA Asia and APN+ to unveil the honourees under Community Hero and HIV Hero categories. 

The 2022 HERO Awards under the theme “Unity & Diversity”.  This year’s HERO Awards ceremony will take place at the Australian Embassy in the center of Bangkok on the night of 25 November, and we promise a spectacular show to highlight and acknowledge outstanding LGBTQI and HIV advocates and allies from across Asia and the Pacific, and showcase their inspiring work they have been able to do despite the effects of Covid-19. 

Community Hero supported

“The pandemic has clearly shown that communities with the least power in society face the biggest issues and this is mediated by discrimination, oppression and lowered access to rights and essential services. Our hope is that the suffering that our LGBTIQ+ siblings and other marginalised communities have faced do not go in vain, and that they fuel the movements that call for inclusion and justice across the region.”

Henry Koh, ILGA Asia Executive Director 

HIV Hero supported

“We are small doing big things. In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, PLHIV and LGBTQI communities showed tremendous fighting spirit – putting lives first united together as front-line defenders. We need to prioritize people living with HIV and Key Populations and to scale up efforts that guarantee their access to services.” 

Mr. Thawdar Htun, APN+ Steering Committee

Transgender Hero supported

“Over the decades, trans communities in this region have been excluded from health, and social protection policies and programmes which has created vast social, economic, and health disparities. This contrast has been starkly revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic even further. To rebuild the trans movement, it is clearer now more than ever that an urgent shift is essential to prioritise investment in free, accessible and trans-inclusive public healthcare and social protection. It is long overdue for governments and public institutions to recognise and prioritize the experiences and needs of those on the margins of society to ensure all under their duty of care systems and infrastructure.” 

Joe Wong, Executive Director of APTN

HERO Awards 2022 Honourees
and Award Recipients

Updated on the ceremony evening; 25 November 2022

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Shivananda Khan Award for Extraordinary Achievement

Senator Risa Hontiveros
(The Philippines)

Business Ally Honouree


Community Ally Honourees

Jamuna Sitaula

Tebeio Tamton 

Community Hero Honourees

Best Chitsanupong Nithiwana

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera
(Sri Lanka)

Tashi Tsheten

Community Organisation Honourees

Blue Sky Society
Company Limited


Support House Inc (HASH)

(The Philippines)

Covid-19 Hero Honourees

Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APL+)
(Lao PDR)

Mindanao Pride 
(The Philippines)

Health and Wellbeing Honouree

Dr Wong Chen Seong

HIV Hero Honourees

Noshi Jaan

Yasir Ali Khan

Thelge Tiran Daison Edward Peiris
(Sri Lanka)

Social Justice Honouree

Nada Chaiyajit

Trangender Hero Honourees

Henry Tse
(Hong Kong)

Rully Mallay

Young Achiever Honourees

Jeremy Tan

Kaushal Ranasinghe
(Sri Lanka)

Wataru Mukai

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