There are now less than three weeks remaining for nominations to be submitted for the 2013 David Kato Vision and Voice Award.
The accolade, named in memory of human rights activist David Kato, who was murdered in his home in Uganda on 26 January 2011, recognizes those working to eliminate violence, stigma and discrimination and demonstrate courage and outstanding leadership in advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people around the world.
The award recipient will receive a one-time grant of US$10,000 and will be invited to accept the award at an event later this year.
The opening of nominations was officially announced by inaugural award winner Maurice Tomlinson, an outspoken LGBTI rights activist in Jamaica, at the London premiere of award-winning documentary Call Me Kuchu last month (July 2012).
The film by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, which picked up four awards at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, explores the struggles faced by the LGBT community in Uganda and follows the last year of Kato’s life before his murder.
Award coordinator Daniel McCartney said: ‘We are really looking for people who have had an impact in their communities, particularly in difficult environments, that have demonstrated commitment to overcoming the obstacles they face and have really inspired other people wanting to make a change in their communities.
‘It’s about trying to recognise those people that are not recognised in other areas and helping them to raise their platforms to speak outside their own country and show the struggle that LGBTI people are faced with in their environment.
‘Maurice Tomlinson was an extremely high-profile speaker in Jamaica, but outside his own country he was relatively unknown. Since receiving the award he has been invited to speak on international platforms, and was also invited to the International AIDS conference.’
Nominations for the award close on 31 August 2012 and can be completed online in English, French and Spanish. To make a nomination, click here.
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