To “recognize and give thanks to organizations that have done so much to support, encourage, and help the Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through health education, and activism,” AsiaOut has named the winners of the first ever Community Service Award 2014 for Outstanding Achievements in the Asian LGBT Community.
Remaining as the only publication for the LGBT community in the Philippines, Outrage Magazine was established in 2007 initially to report on LGBT-related issues in the Philippines. Since 2010, however, it has broadened its activities to also helm projects, or to partner with other organizations that deal with the issues it reports on.
AsiaOut particularly noted Outrage Magazine’s attempt to include in mainstream discussions the issues of minorities in the already minoritized LGBT community, such as Deaf LGBT (particularly men who have sex with men, or MSM) Filipinos and senior MSM. It also noted “More than a Number”, Outrage Magazine’s campaign that was established in March 2013 to give a human face to those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in the Philippines.
“Getting recognized is always a bonus,” said Michael David C. Tan, publishing editor of Outrage Magazine. “But – as is always said – any award is truly only relevant when it highlights not only what was done, but what more we can achieve.”
Tan added: “I believe that there remains much to be done to better the plight of LGBT people not only in the Philippines or even in Asia and the Pacific, but in so many parts of the world. Putting a spotlight on our issues is always welcome, as it keeps pushing us to do more and to achieve more.”
Other Community Service Award 2014 for Outstanding Achievements in the Asian LGBT Community winners include: from Thailand, Adam’s Love, Anjaree, MPlus, and Service Workers In Group (SWING) Foundation; from Malaysia, Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the United Nations Periodic Review Process (COMANGO); from Singapore, SGRainbow and Pink Dot; and from Taiwan, Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association.
Although AsiaOut celebrates its “One Year Old” today, February 14, it has in fact been existing online for 19 year now, with a history of informing, serving and entertaining the gay Asia community through its two predecessor Websites Dragoncastle and Cambodiaout, which were combined on February 14, 2013 to create AsiaOut. Currently, AsiaOut is a family of six LGBT community Websites, with the most comprehensive listings of Asian LGBT venues, LGBT events, LGBT news, gay social networking, gay galleries, LGBT support resources, the free Rainbow Lifestyle Card, and other free services to Asia’s LGBT.