Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights

The HERO Awards is an annual gala event in Bangkok which acknowledges outstanding HIV and LGBT advocates and allies from across Asia and the Pacific.

Welcome to Hero Awards

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

The HERO Awards also raises money for the HIV prevention and human rights work of APCOM, a leading Asia Pacific HIV and LGBT community network based in Bangkok.

Taking place on Friday 30 November at the British Embassy in Bangkok, the HERO Awards promises a fabulously fun evening of inspiration and celebration as community members and supporters pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of individuals and organisations who have improved the lives of LGBT people and people affected by HIV throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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

The first HERO Awards took place in 2017 to mark the 10th anniversary commemorations of APCOM.

 

2018 Award Recipients

HERO Awards Winners

 

Community Hero: Jean Chong (Singapore)

Jean has dedicated over 20 years to delivering outstanding LGBT advocacy in Singapore, across the Asia Pacific region and around the world.Jean Chong has been an LGBTQ activist for 20 years. She first started in her activism by volunteering with a gay Christian support network, Safehaven, and became their first female vice chairperson. Subsequently, she was a founding member of an inclusive church, Free (First Realize Everyone is Equal) Community Church and served as first their chairperson. Looking to expand her horizons in helping others, she went on to be a part of the core team of a LGBT federation, People Like Us in Singapore.  Soon after, Jean co-founded Sayoni in 2007, a queer women’s organization based in Singapore who organise, does research and advocate for equality in well-being and dignity regardless of SOGIESC. In 2011 and 2017, Jean led a team of representatives to CEDAW and as a result, for the first time in 2011 for the Asia Pacific region (and 2017), specific recommendations addressing the discrimination of LGTQ women were included as part of the concluding observations. Sayoni takes on an intersectional, feminist-centric and collaborative approach in nurturing and empowering LGBT persons while reinforcing their autonomy and self-determination. On the regional level, she is currently a part of the Steering Committee of the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, a regional network of South East Asia LGBTIQ groups lobbying for the inclusion of LGBTIQ rights in the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. She also serves as the Asia Consultant for Astraea Lesbian Foundation and is currently a part of the Asia team of OutRight Action International.

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2017 Award Recipients

 

Community Hero: Chi Chia-wei (Taiwan)- For over 30 years of service as a fearless and steadfast crusader for LGBT rights in Taiwan, including decades of work to help deliver this year’s historic ruling by Taiwan’s constitutional court in favour of marriage equality.

Transgender Hero: Khartini Slamah (Malaysia) – For over 30 years of service as an outstanding defender of transgender human rights and as a dedicated HIV advocate at the national, regional and International levels, especially in relation to transgender and sex worker communities.

HIV Hero: Gautam Yadav (India) – For the exceptional energy and commitment he has brought to his vocation as an HIV activist and inspirational role model for young people with HIV in India.

Social Justice: Qasim Iqbal (Pakistan) – For his trailblazing advocacy for LGBT health and rights in Pakistan and for his significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of LGBT people and people with HIV as founder of the national NAZ network of LGBT community based organisations.

Health & Wellbeing: Dr Frits van Griensven (Thailand) – For his outstanding work as an HIV researcher and community health advocate with significant contributions made to mapping the HIV epidemic across SE Asia.

Community Ally: Prof Praphan Panupak (Thailand) – For his exceptional work as an HIV researcher, founder and longtime director of Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre, and committed advocate for people and communities affected by HIV (recognised as a supporter rather than member of the LGBT or HIV+ communities).

Community Organisation: Bandhu Social Welfare Society (Bangladesh) – For outstanding work as an internationally respected provider of HIV programs, sexual health services and human rights advocacy for LGBT people and communities throughout Bangladesh.

Shivananda Khan Award for Extraordinary Achievement: Ashok Row Kavi (India) – Mr Row Kavi has spent over 40 years as a leading advocate for LGBT people and communities in India where he was a trailblazing activist during the 1970s, 80s and 90s, using his professional experience as a journalist to successfully foster India’s LGBT movement. He then went on to found and head up the Humsafar Trust, one of India’s leading HIV organisations dedicated to addressing the epidemic among vulnerable and marginalized communities. He has also played a key role in helping shape the Asia Pacific response to HIV and LGBT health/rights through significant contributions to many important regional dialogues and strategic initiatives.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. What they have in common is making a difference in the lives of other people. Sometimes it’s many people and sometimes it’s just a few, but any good deed is worth celebrating. Shine a light on your heroes by nominating them in one or several categories. They can be people or organisations who directly help others, whose work is improving the wellbeing of others, or whose achievements are inspiring others. All award winners receive a FREE trip to Bangkok and a range of gifts. Nominations are FREE and close at 5pm on Friday 20 September 2019.

 

Categories

All awards recognize work undertaken in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly:

 

  1. Social Justice – an individual working in the fields of politics, the law, advocacy or human rights whose work has advanced the human and/or civil rights of LGBTI people and/or people affected by HIV.
  2. Health & Wellbeing – an individual working in the fields of healthcare, medicine or research whose work has improved the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people and/or people affected by HIV.
  3. Community Ally – a non-LGBTI individual or a commercial/for profit organisation whose work or support has been of significant benefit to LGBT people and/or people affected by HIV.
  4. Community Organisation – a community/not for profit organisation which has worked to improve the health and/or rights of LGBT people and/or people affected by HIV.
  5. Young Achiever – an LGBTI person or person with HIV under 30 years of age who has improved the lives of LGBTI people or people with HIV in any capacity
  6. Transgender Hero – a transgender person who has improved the lives of transgender people in any capacity.
  7. HIV Hero – a person with HIV who has improved the lives of people with HIV in any capacity.
  8. Community Hero – an LGBTI person who has improved the lives of LGBT people in any capacity.
  9. Business Ally – A business ally who support LGBTI movement.

 

Essential Information

  • Nominations are FREE.
  • You can nominate yourself or the organisation you work for, or a person or organisation you admire.
  • People and organisations can be nominated in multiple categories.
  • Nominations for all awards must be received by 5pm on Friday 20 September 2019.
  • The HERO Awards judging panel will comprise representatives of APN+, APTN, ILGA Asia and APCOM’s Regional Advisory Group.
  • The HERO Awards judging panel will select three (3) finalists and one (1) winner for each category.
  • All finalists will be announced in October 2019 on the APCOM website.
  • All finalists will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony on 22 November. However only the winner of each category will be supported financially to attend the ceremony.
  • The winner of each category will receive a stylish trophy and an exquisite floral bouquet.

 

The nomination for this year has already closed. Please keep in touch with us for next year’s nomination.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

1) Nominations for the HERO Awards are FREE.

2) Persons and organisations can be nominated in multiple categories. Eligibility is dependent on the award category and may be open to businesses, groups, organisations and/or individuals.

3) Nominees must be citizens of a country in the Asia Pacific region OR have resident status and be living in a country in the Asia Pacific region OR be an organisation or association that is registered in a country in the Asia Pacific region.

4) Nominees must not be:

  • an employee of APCOM
  • an employee of a direct supplier of commercial products or services to APCOM
  • a member of the HERO Awards judging panel
  • a current employee of a member of the HERO Awards judging panel
  • a current employee of a presenting partner/sponsor of the HERO Awards

5) All submitted nominations and supporting material remain the property of APCOM and will not be returned.

6) The HERO Awards judging panel will select three (3) finalists and one (1) winner from each category.

8) The judge panel’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

9) The organisers would be most grateful if finalists could make themselves available to participate in any marketing and/or publicity associated with the HERO Awards.

10) All finalists will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the awards ceremony and cocktail party.

11) The winner of each category will be supported to attend the event. Support will comprise an economy return airfare from their country of origin, two (2) nights of accommodation at a selected hotel in Bangkok and two (2) days of a modest per diem.

12) Nominations for all awards must be received by 5pm on Sunday 30 September 2018.

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Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is an annual gala event in Bangkok on 22nd November 2019 at Netherlands Ambassador’s Residence in Bangkok which acknowledges outstanding HIV and LGBT advocates and allies from across Asia and the Pacific.

The HERO Awards also raises money for the HIV prevention and human rights work of APCOM, a leading Asia Pacific HIV and LGBT community network based in Bangkok.

Honour Real Life Heroes

The extraordinary work of 25 community champions will be showcased during an inspirational awards ceremony in a glittering outdoor theatre in the Embassy garden.

The nomination for this year has already closed. Please keep in touch with us for next year’s nomination.

Celebrate In Style

Taking place in the grand surrounds of the Ambassador’s residence, the gala event will also include a cocktail party with delicious canapes and desserts, fine wines and beer, great live entertainment and an exciting fundraising auction with over $40,000 worth of holidays, fashion, art and dining up for grabs at bargain prices.

Purchase ticket(s) and Register yourself here.