Remembering the Legacy of Shivananda Khan (1948 – 2013), the Founder of APCOM 

By May 23, 2023 March 20th, 2024 Newsroom

It is unbelievable that we are commemorating and honouring the memory and achievements of APCOM’s Founder the late Shivananda Khan who passed away ten years ago on 20 May 2013. 

Shivananda was a huge force on HIV and LGBTQI human rights issues in the Asia Pacific region for decades. His passing was a tragic loss for our community. He was a true pioneer with a splendid vision on how equality and rights should be achieved for our diverse community. 

On that path he found many that were against him, tried to stop or divert him, but he tirelessly continued his battle. He was a true hero and the impact of his myriad contributions, including developing new leadership. We hope that APCOM is continuing his vision and achievements that will resonate through our community for many more years to come. 

APCOM will be recognising his legacy through:

  • the Shivananda Khan NGO Symposium, and a Community Solidarity event at the up-coming APACC 2023 in Singapore
  • the IAS 2023 abstract driven Shivananda Khan Symposium, in Brisbane in July, and a Community Solidarity event
  • APCOM Community Summit, taking place 20-23 November in Bangkok Thailand 
  • 7th HERO Awards, taking place on 24th November in Bangkok, Thailand 

Here are some of the tributes in Shiv’s memory. 

J V R Prasada Rao

Joey Joleen Mataele

Sunil Babu Pant

Dennis Altman

Manisha Dhakal

Paul Causey

If you are interested in contributing your memory piece from you and Shiv – a particular event you were with him, or he did something that you remembered of him. Please send the following to [email protected]

– Maximum 400 words of text
– Photos (with captions)
– Portrait photo of yourself
– Short bio (and social media handles) of yourself


Videos of Shivananda Khan 

Shivananda Khan OBE – A life! 

A documentary tribute to his memory in the words of those who knew him, worked with him closely, and those whose lives he touched.

Speech by Shivananda Khan at the Risk & Responsibilities Consultation in New Delhi, Asok Hotel in 2006

Interview with Shivananda Khan by Project Bolo – Indian LGBT Oral History Project

Plenary speech from ICAAP10, Busan, South Korea by Shivananda Khan, 
Community and leadership mobilization for rapid change: The South Asia experience
[Part 1]

Plenary speech from ICAAP10, Busan, South Korea by Shivananda Khan, 
Community and leadership mobilization for rapid change: The South Asia experience
[Part 2]

Closing Plenary speech by Shivananda Khan on MSM, HIV and Activism:
Key Questions and Strategies for Moving Forward 


Other tributes to Shivananda Khan

UNAIDS saddened by death of human rights activist Shivananda Khan

Alliance India

APCOM


Audio of an Interview with Shivananda Khan 

Interview with Shivananda Khan on how decriminalizing same-sex behaviour, supportive laws and genuine engagement of MSM and transgender communities can help improve HIV responses and save lives


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