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 APCOM’s 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.

This year HERO Awards will take place on Friday 25 November 2022 in the heart of 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 LGBTQI 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.

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  31 JULY 2021.

 


Categories

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

 

    1. BUSINESS ALLY

      This award recognizes private sector allies that strive to break down barriers for persons from the LGBTI communities through substantive policy initiatives and recognized action on the ground.

    2. COMMUNITY ALLY HERO

      This award recognizes an individual or a commercial organization whose work or support has been of significant benefit to LGBTI people and/or people affected by HIV in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly.

    3. COMMUNITY HERO

      This award recognizes the work of an LGBTI person who has improved the lives of LGBTI people in any capacity in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly.

    4. COMMUNITY ORGANISATION HERO

      This award recognizes a community or not for profit organisation which has worked to improve the health and/or rights of LGBTI people and/or people affected by HIV in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly.

    5. COVID-19 HERO

      This award recognizes a community or not for profit organisation which has worked during the pandemic to ensure access to health services and/or rights of LGBTI people and/or people affected by HIV in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly.

    6. HEALTH & WELLBEING HERO

      This award recognizes 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 in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly.

    7. HIV HERO

      This award recognizes the work of a person with HIV who has improved the lives of people with HIV in any capacity in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly.

    8. SOCIAL JUSTICE HERO

      This award recognizes those 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 in countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly.

    9. TRANSGENDER HERO

      This award recognizes the work of a transgender person who has improved the lives of transgender people in any capacity in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly.

    10. YOUNG ACHIEVER HERO

      This award recognizes the work of 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.


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 before 31 July 2021.
  • 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 2021 on the APCOM website.
  • All finalists will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony on 26 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

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 date said above.


 

How would you like to support the event?

No matter who you are, how big your organisation, how small your agency,

there’s always room for you to contribute and be a part of the community.

 

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Click here for our HERO Awards proposal.

Feel free to talk with us on the partnership commitment:

[email protected]  |  Events@apcom.org  |  +66 (0) 2399 1145

Set your calendar now!

25 November 2022

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