Returning this November, the HERO Awards is an annual gala held in Bangkok that lets you nominate your LGBT heroes. Standing for HIV, equality and rights, the event acknowledges outstanding HIV and LGBT advocates and allies from across the Asia Pacific region.

They are offering the chance for you to nominate your heroes under eight different categories: Social Justice; Health and Wellbeing; Community Ally; Community Organization; Young Achiever; Transgender Hero; HIV Hero and Community Hero.

The nomination process is free and you can vote here. Nominations end at 5pm, Sep 30. The judging panel will select a winner from the top three finalists for each category, who will then be awarded a free trip to Bangkok to attend the ceremony and gala on Nov 30.

The event will take place at the Ambassador’s Residence at the British Embassy and is open to the public—tickets are available on The event is also used as a fundraising platform for the HIV prevention and human rights work of APCOM.

HERO Awards debuted in Bangkok last year, with Taiwanese civil rights activist Chi Chia-wei being awarded Community Hero for his work to deliver an historic ruling in favour of marriage equality, and Pakistani activist Qasim Iqbal receiving the Social Justice award for founding Naz Male Health Alliance (NMHA), which offers sexual health and welfare services for Pakistan's underrepresented LGBTQ community.