APCOM 6th HERO Awards 2022

25 November 2022 

Standing for HIV, Equality, and Rights, the HERO Awards is an annual event that acknowledges outstanding service to the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific, and to the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) communities

The 6th HERO Awards 2022 will be hosted under the concept of “Unity&Diversity” at Australian Embassy, Bangkok on Friday 25 November 2022. The event is also a fundraiser for the Bangkok-based APCOM Foundation, a leading NGO which works to fight HIV and advance LGBTQI health and rights across the Asia Pacific region. APCOM partners with over 200 community organizations in 35 countries to promote the health and human rights of LGBTQI+ people. APCOM works with communities, governments, and development agencies to ensure LGBTQI+ people are included, as well as fight the impact stigma, discrimination and violence have on LGBTQI+ people.

You can also be a hero!

APCOM’s survey of the LGBTQI+ situation in Thailand and in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic found that mental health issues mainly in anxiety, depression, and helplessness, and hopelessness due to joblessness and/or loss of income, particularly for trans people and people living with HIV. Some respondents reported cases of discrimination and violence due to their sexual orientation and gender identity, and/or living with HIV.

You can be a hero by supporting APCOM emergency fund and sponsoring the event to ensure that those most marginalized and affected by the pandemic can rebuild their livelihoods. The Rustin Fund for Global Equality is partnering with APCOM, a long-standing grantee partner, to support a fundraising campaign linked to the HERO awards. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation via the Rustin Fund for Global Equality. 100% of your support will go directly to APCOM for emergency support to LGBTQI individuals in the Asia-Pacific region.

#HEROAwards2022 #Unity&Diversity

To find out more about the HERO Awards, check here


Deystvie (LGBT Action)

Deystvie (LGBT Action) is an organisation which aims to better the lives of LGBTIQ+ people in Bulgaria – the European Union’s poorest member state and one of the lowest ranking countries in regard to respecting human rights and achieving full equality. 

Despite the extremely difficult context Deystvie is faced with, their mission is to achieve equal rights and social inclusion for the LGBTIQ+ community in Bulgaria via the means of legislative change and legal reform, as they believe this is the most effective and tangible way of cementing real change.

This month (May 2022) Deystvie turns 10 years old but it’s also the month in which funding for their long-standing legal programme ends.

Without this legal programme:

  • LGBTIQ+ Bulgarians at home and abroad would no longer have access to the only form of pro-bono legal advice and support for LGBTIQ+ Bulgarians
  • Deystvie may not be able to continue its pending trans cases
  • Deystvie may not be able to continue to change HIV prescription legislation in the country 
  • Deystvie may not have the opportunity to cement the bettering of over 100 000 rainbow families lives across Europe via their case in front of the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union .

The Rustin Fund is partnering with Deystvie to ensure that the legal programme can continue to exist and support LGBTIQ+ people that are victims of discrimination and violence. Your campaign donations will support vital activities such as:

Supporting Bulgaria’s LGBTQ+ community means supporting one of the most marginalised LGBTQ+ communities in Europe. Please consider donating to support Deystvie’s fight for full legal equality. A win in Bulgaria is a win for everyone! 

For more information on the all-important case in front of the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the case of Baby Sara), please visit the following link: https://en.deystvie.org/baby-sara-court-of-justice-eu

The Rustin Fund board of directors retains discretion over the use of funds.


MOLI’s vision is more inclusive African societies reached through building African communities free from discrimination. As one of our strategic outcomes, we are contributing so partners in four Central and Francophone East African countries are duly equipped and supported to advance toward our vision through a set of various forms of support and resources we facilitate.

In terms of capacity building, MOLI plays a leading role to facilitate the strengthening and acquiring of skills at an individual and organizational level with ways of making an impact on the community as a whole.

About the Campaign

On our way to supporting the most marginalized in the society, there are barriers limiting access to education: a state-sponsored homophobia that fuels societal homophobia and diminishes the sense of agency in queer people; and families without the income to assist children’s education because the economy has suffered years of conflict. The ability to offer opportunities to everyone regardless of their social background, identity, or sexual orientation will strengthen the community in Burundi.

The scholarship fund will be offering an opportunity to community members to further their studies:

  • Six to twelve months vocational training on technical skills in electricity, plumbing or mechanics enable them to make a living,
  • Three years bachelor studies at local higher learning institutions as an enhancer to construct their own careers on their road to financial independence.

$480 for a full scholarship (including housing and living expenses) for a 6-month vocational training program; and a range from $1800-$2200 for a full scholarship (including housing and living expenses) for a year of university education.

The program seeks to reduce the incidence of violence based on SOGIE, mitigate socioeconomic barriers and exclusions based on sexual orientation and gender identity by facilitating LGBT youth to access educational opportunities so that they can enter the workforce! 

The Rustin Fund board of directors retains discretion over the use of funds.


We here at the Rustin Fund operate as an all-volunteer organization so that all of your funding can do directly to LGBTI organizations all over the globe.  We do still have a few expenses, however, such as website hosting and credit card processing fees.  If you would like to donate to the Rustin Fund’s operations so that we can continue to direct all campaign contributions directly to organizations in low- and middle-income countries, please donate on this page. A donation made on this page may also go to one of our partners at the board’s discretion.