HERO Awards 2020: APCOM Unveils much anticipated nominees list

By November 7, 2020 November 23rd, 2020 Newsroom, Regional, Showcase

APCOM, the organiser of the HERO Awards 2020 is releasing the honourees from three categories supported by Community Partners for this year’s 4th edition of their unique award event.


APCOM together with community partners, APN+, APTN and ILGA Asia unveils a new list of honourees for HERO Awards 2020, for HIV Hero, Transgender Hero and HIV Hero, after months of nominations and reviews. 

Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is an annual fundraising gala and ceremony event in Bangkok, which acknowledges outstanding HIV and LGBTQI advocates and allies from across Asia and the Pacific.

The award evening is produced by APCOM and is generously supported by a range of community, corporate and diplomatic partners.

“Our community partners must have had a hard time choosing from the nominations received. APN+ have chosen three honourees for the HIV Hero category, APTN for the Transgender Hero and ILGA Asia for the Community Hero. All have such amazing stories to tell to the world on how they have overcome challenges, and APCOM is humbled to have been able to provide such a platform even during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Said Midnight Poonkasetwattana, APCOM Executive Director

Community members and supporters throughout the APAC region were invited to nominate individuals and organisations across 11 categories: Business Ally, Community Ally, Community Hero, Community Organisation, COVID-19 Hero, Health & Wellbeing, HIV Hero, Social Justice, Transgender Hero and Young Achiever. 

This year’s edition includes a new category called COVID-19 Hero. It nominates those who gave an outstanding response to the Coronavirus, more specifically to the health and rights of LGBTQI people and people affected by HIV, adding a human face to the global crisis.

“Solidarity amongst LGBTI people across the world in a time like this when many of us are all isolated in our own space―or sometimes isolated without a safe space, is even more important than ever,”

says Candy Yun, co-chair of ILGA Asia’s Executive Board and community partner for the HERO Awards

“We hope this award will provide an opportunity for everyone―cis or trans, straight or not―to remember their LGBTI friend and family, to reach out and be there for each other. We are in this together and will get out of this together.”

Furthermore, the Shivananda Khan Award for Extraordinary Achievement―which is named in honour of our late founder Shivananda Khan OBE― will be presented on the award evening which will take place on 27 November.

“This year, APN+ is glad to partner again with APCOM to support the HERO Awards 2020,” says Harry Probowo, project coordinator of APN+. “We believe the HERO platform will continue to encourage and empower LGBT+ community to be more responsive, courageous and aggressive to combat HIV in Asia-Pacific.”

Due to COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions, the award recipients of each HERO Award category and other foreign invitees will be able to attend the presentation ceremony online.

APCOM looks very much forward to celebrating the HERO Awards with you in the midst of the pandemic. The HERO Awards will again highlight impactful contributions to the region from the nominees, and adding an unforgettable edition to its annual fundraising repertoire attracting key community representatives from across the region and high profile members of Bangkok’s diplomatic, corporate and entertainment field.

“We shall have an on-line platform for those outside Bangkok to join virtually, and can bid on our range of auction items with proceeds going to #CoronaAPCOMpassion, an emergency funding set up by our staff to help our community during the pandemic. Please do join and give generously!”

Concluded Midnight

This year the HERO Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 27 November at the Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel in Thailand, promising a fabulously fun, classy and entertaining evening of inspiration and celebration. 

Don’t miss out! Support us and be there!
We are stronger together.


Charity and fundraising gala event:
APCOM 4th HERO Awards 2020

Friday 27 November 2020

HERO Awards Ceremony: 18:30 – 22:00
HERO Awards After Party: 22:00 – 00:00

At Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel


Aditya Wardhana Indonesia
Social Justice
Aung Phyu Htut
Myanmar
Young Achiever
Dareecha
Pakistan
Community Organisation
Ferdinand James Macam
The Philippines
HIV Hero
Galsanjamts Nyampurev
Mongolia
Community Hero
Hayden Royalty
Korea
Young Achiever
Hendry Luis
Indonesia
Health & Wellbeing
Hiker Chiu
Taiwan
Community Hero
Jannat Ali
Pakistan
Transgender Hero
Jaringan Indonesia Positif, JIP (The Positive Indonesia Network)
Indonesia
COVID-19 Hero
Jyoti Dhawale 
India
Community Ally
Kaushal Ranasinghe
Sri Lanka
Young Achiever
KPMG
India
Business Ally
Kittinun Daramadhaj
Thailand
Social Justice
Lenny Eko Sugiharto
Indonesia
Transgender Hero
Lionel Rogers
Fiji
Health & Wellbeing
Nayyab Ali
Pakistan
Transgender Hero
Nazarius Celsus Dorus
Malaysia
HIV Hero
Numan Afifi
Malaysia
Social Justice
Phanthamith Seangpanya
Lao PDR
COVID-19 Hero
Rio Damar
Indonesia
Community Hero
San Julian Pride Advocacy Group Inc.
The Philippines
COVID-19 Hero
Sriyal Nilanka
Sri Lanka
HIV Hero
TLF Share
The Philippines
Community Organisation
Tonga Leitis’ Association
Tonga
Community Organisation


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