LGBT Hero Awards in Bangkok

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Added On November 15, 2017

In Thailand.
 
Eight people have been honoured for their work around marriage equality, HIV prevention, transgender rights and community health services at a ceremony in Bangkok.
 
The awards are given by Asia-Pacific's largest LGBT campaign group: APCOM. 
 
One winner is Gautam Yadav, a 29-year-old HIV patient from India. Gautam has suffered gender dysphoria disorder since the age of 13, when his hormones began kicking in.
 
Gautam found himself ostracized from his own peer group and found it hard to find work.
 
Rather than mourn, Gautam dedicated his life to helping others with HIV in India adjust to their situation.
 
SOUNDBITE (00:27) (ENGLISH): GAUTAM YADAV, Winner for HIV Hero award
"Accepting HIV status is very difficult. For those coming to understand they are HIV positive, it is very difficult. When I was diagnosed with HIV, it was difficult for me as well because I had to understand what is HIV and how I got it. And then there were lots of challenges as well; like how I am going to speak to my parents about it and how I am going to speak to my friends about it. So I have decided to improve on myself. I met lots of positive people. Then, I was offered an opportunity with Positive Eyes' project, which was through the University of California. ((删掉They (Through Positive Eyes'project) came to India to shoot videos of people living with HIV and I was one of them in the year 2013. When I was offered that opportunity, I quickly grabbed that opportunity and came out in the video to share my story.)) Now why did I share my story? So that people who saw me in the video and also had HIV will be able to know how to protect and fight for themselves. And that was how I overcame myself and started working for the HIV Community."
 
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Asia-Pacific Coalition of Male Sexual Health. 
 
The event raises much needed funds for APCOM's vital work in relation to HIV education, prevention, treatment, care and support, and human rights.
 
Prof. Praphan opened the AIDS Research Center back in 1989 when HIV was endemic in Thailand. 
 
He said because of the stigma, many people were just too afraid to enter into a clinic even to have their blood checked. So he named his clinic 'Anonymous Clinic', and allowed patients to not reveal their names. 
 
SOUNDBITE (03:05) (ENGLISH): PROF. PRAPHAN PANUPAK, Winner of Community Ally award
"Initially it was meant for HIV people to come for testing and counselling without needing to expose their real names and identities, because people were afraid of the risks of having others know about their conditions.(删掉) And that time our clinic was called Anonymous Clinic.(DELETE)"
 
 
SOUNDBITE (04:17) (ENGLISH): MIDNIGHT POON KASETWATTANA, APCOM Executive
"This is the 10th anniversary of APCOM and we are working around the Asia Pacific region to raise issues about the HIV issues and the LGBT rights. And because it is the 10th anniversary, we want to make sure that we want to honor the people who have been working in this field. Because the issues around HIV are not finished yet and we still needs lots of investments from governments and donors, and issues around LGBT that needs to be tackled."