GLBT (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender)
A film producer and publicist, John Badalu is working to reverse the cultural trend of discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans-sexual (LGBT) individuals in Indonesia. Using the incredibly popular medium of film, he is increasing tolerance of diversity and empowering sexual minorities.
Shale Ahmed is working for the establishment of health and human rights for Bangladesh’s Kothi, transgender, and ‘men who have sex with men’ (MSM) communities. In a country where men with homosexual preferences and/or feminized behavior and dress are considered citizens by neither the public nor the state, Shale and his organization, the Bandhu Social Welfare Society, are providing medical care, advocacy and job training that these...
Ashok Row Kavi is providing a formal platform for gays and lesbiansa group left out of mainstream life in socially conservative Indiato claim their place in political and social arenas. Ashok encourages gays and lesbians to become proactively involved in public life and institutions through media, advocacy, cooperation and community-building.
Natee Teerarojjanapongs is fighting AIDS in Thailand. Using an array of techniques to attack fundamental problems of ignorance and cultural sensitivity, he is getting through to high-risk citizens, especially the tens of thousands of young bar boys and girls. Increasingly, he is also awakening the country as a whole to the crisis.
Tahir is breaking the silence around sexual abuse in Pakistan by linking it to the spread of HIV. Focusing on transvestite prostitutes as key transmitters, he is forcing widespread recognition of the relationship between social taboos around sex and the rise in male-to-male sex and sexual abuse that is fueling the AIDS epidemic.