From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.
So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.
They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.
Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.
But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).