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Japanese LGBT Hero Taiga Ishikawa To Receive Special Prize At Asia Pacific Community Service Awards

Taiga Ishikawa, one of Japan’s leading advocates for the health and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, has been named as the winner of a special accolade to be presented at the HERO Awards gala in Bangkok on Friday 30 November 2018.

Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is an annual World AIDS Day event in Bangkok which acknowledges outstanding HIV and LGBT advocates and allies from across the Asia Pacific region. The event is produced by the Bangkok-based APCOM Foundation, a leading NGO which works to fight HIV and advance LGBT health and rights across the Asia Pacific region.

Mr Ishikawa will receive the Shivananda Khan Award for Extraordinary Achievement following 20 years of groundbreaking activism aimed at improving the lives of LGBT people across Japan specifically and throughout Asia more broadly. The award is named after the late Shivananda Khan, a pioneering hero of the Asia Pacific response to HIV and LGBT health/rights, and founder of APCOM.

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APCOM Updates

NEW HIV TESTING CAMPAIGN URGES YOUNG GAY MEN TO ‘TAKE IT’ FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

Getting young gay men in three of South East Asia’s megacities to encourage their friends to take an HIV test is the aim of a new online campaign that’s being rolled out for World AIDS Day (Dec 1).

Called Taking It, the campaign will be promoted in Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila, where the HIV prevalence among gay men is high and growing.

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GREAT ENTERTAINMENT AND AUCTION BARGAINS TO MAKE LGBT EMBASSY GALA A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

International and local performers are set to shine while guests vie for US$30,000 worth of auction bargains at the 2018 HERO Awards, a special LGBT World AIDS Day gala at Bangkok’s British Embassy on Friday 30 November.

As well as being inspired by the work of community heroes, guests at the event will enjoy performances by one of Australia’s leading entertainers Deni Hines as well as one of Thailand’s best-known drag performers the fabulous Pangina Heals. Popular local DJ Yui Truluv will keep guests entertained with a fun set of cool contemporary and classic tunes. The event will be hosted by Voice TV personalities Lakkana Punwichai (Kham Paka) and Joe Chonlawit.

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DIGITAL SECURITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

The concept of Digital Security for Human Rights Defenders was introduced in APCOM’s latest video product. Digital security for Human Rights Defenders is an approach to protect individuals and organisations against the risks of using the Internet. It includes the use of tools to secure identity, data, information, property and other assets in the online and mobile world.

The video will provide information and ways to improve digital security of LGBT human rights defenders by providing tips on both hardware and software level to prevent hacking and tracking of their activities by violent perpetrators such as malware or phishing. It also suggests some practices on protecting data, back up and set up to further enhance the security on the organization level.

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PrEP MAP Updates

For data on PrEP availability, around the Asia-Pacific region PrEPMAP offers details on PrEP implementation, regulatory status, and more — last update in November 2018.

Read up on updates to the status of PrEP in the Philippines and Malaysia here …


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