Hurry and Nominate Your HERO!

By August 12, 2022 Newsroom, Regional, What We Do

Nominations for HERO Awards 2022 ends 31 August 2022

It’s less than three weeks to nominate individuals and organisations for the up-coming extravaganza 6th HERO Awards 2022. 

APCOM together with three regional community partners, APN+, APTN, and ILGA Asia call for the last push to ensure we get nominations to ensure that the 2022 HERO Awards get as many deserving nominees as possible. Please help us by nominating and honouring those active in the LGBTQI and HIV field throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is an annual gala event set in Bangkok. The award evening shines a light to the region’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) communities, as well as those who made significant contributions to the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific region. 

Community members and supporters throughout the APAC region are invited to nominate individuals and organisations across 10 categories: Business Ally, Community Ally, Community Hero, Community Organisation, COVID-19 Hero, Health & Wellbeing, HIV Hero, Social Justice, Transgender Hero and Young Achiever. The deadline for nominations is 31 August 2022. 

Start Nominating!

Nominations are open now and close on 31 AUG 2022.

The nomination process is FREE and only takes a few minutes.

“Many of us suffered during the pandemic, some lost loved ones and more will lose hope. While the impact of the pandemic is beyond imagination, I’ve seen that communities are getting stronger because we support each other as a family.”

Ikka Noviyanti, 2021 HERO Awards 2021 recipient for the Young Achiever category 

“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

“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, Executive Director of ILGA Asia.

“We are small but doing big things. In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, people living with HIV and LGBTQI showed tremendous fighting spirit – putting lives first united together as front-line defenders. So, to prioritize people living with HIV and key populations as a vulnerable population and to scale up efforts that guarantee their access to services in national response plan regardless of their HIV status, being a key population, and sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Thawdar Htun, Myanmar Positive Group, Member of Steering Committee of APN+

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, HIV epidemic, and emerging Monkeypox declared by WHO as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern – it is more important than ever that we raise funds for the event for the emergency funding for our community, and at the same time the annual HERO Awards provide the platform that gives community the visibility, and spotlight to their extraordinary work, to celebrate and to inspire others of everyday heroes especially during such difficult times. 

Find out more about our Emergency Funding and how you can contribute

#CoronaAPCOMpassion: Covid-19 Emergency Funding for Asia Pacific

Interested in Sponsorship?

Please contact us at [email protected] / [email protected]
if you are interested in sponsoring the event. 

Why is the HERO Awards important?

Listen to Ambassadors to Thailand on why their Embassies support this unique event – one of a kind in Asia and the Pacific region.

Listen to 2021 HERO Awards recipients here!

Thank you to our community partners for collaboration


APN+ is the network of people living with HIV in the Asia Pacific region. It was established in 1994 with members in 30 countries in response to the need for a collective voice for people living with HIV in the region, including to connect positive networks throughout the region, to support regional responses to widespread stigma and discrimination and better access to treatment and care.  


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APTN is a trans-led organisation that supports and advocates for the rights of trans and gender diverse people in Asia and the Pacific. Our mission is to enable trans and gender diverse people in the Asia Pacific region to organise and advocate across many areas that affect our lives. These include legal gender recognition, health, societal attitudes, stigma and violence, and our right to freedom of movement, education and social protection.


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ILGA Asia 

ILGA Asia is the Asian Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, representing more than 100 member organisations in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Asia. Our vision is a world where Asia is a safe place for all, where all can live in freedom and equality, be properly informed on the nature of sexual orientation and gender identity & expression and sex characteristic (SOGIESC) rights, have access to justice, and diversity is respected.


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