BANGKOK, December 28, 2005 – Rosanna Flamer-Caldera and Dr Peter
Jackson have been named joint s winners of the Utopia Award, Asia’s
leading gay human rights award which recognises individuals and
organisations that have contributed to improving the quality of life for
the gay, lesbian, and transgendered communities across the continent.
Flamer-Caldera has made a significant impact in lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, intersex and queer advocacy in Sri Lanka, the Asian region, and
open lesbian and founding member of Women’s Support Group (1999) and Equal
Ground (2004), she has championed homosexual issues in the general public
through TV, radio and print media, challenging the human rights community to
expand their scope to include LGBT concerns. In her capacity as the
International Lesbian and Gay Association representative for Asian females.
Flamer-Caldera was also instrumental in organizing the ILGA-Asia Regional
Conference in Mumbai, India (2002).
second Utopia Award for 2005 honours Dr. Peter Jackson for his landmark
publications and his contributions towards the development of queer studies
in the region.
in Thai History in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the
Australian National University in Canberra, Dr Jackson specialises in the
cultural history of modern Thailand.
author or co-editor, his books have included such titles as Lady Boys,
Tom Boys, Rent Boys: Male and Female Homosexualities in Contemporary
Thailand and Gay and Lesbian Asia: Identity, Community, Culture.
he co-founded AsiaPacifiQueer, an Australia-based network of scholars
researching homosexuality and transgenderism. He was also instrumental in
organizing the world’s first International Conference of Asian Gay, Lesbian
and Transgender Studies in Bangkok in July, 2005.
previously honoured have included Thai Senator Jon Ungpakorn; Taiwan lesbian
activist, Wang Ping; Hong Kong gay activist Chung To; Singaporean gay
activist Alex Au; transgender Thai kick boxer, Parinya Jaroenphon; Nepal’s
Blue Diamond Society; Malaysia’s PT Foundation; Indonesian gay activist Dede
Oetomo; and ProGay of the Philippines.
Awards are presented each year to men and women whose pioneering work and
lives have forwarded the cause of dignity and a better life for members of
the region’s gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered communities.
was founded in 1994 with the goal of providing positive social alternatives
for Asia’s gays and lesbians. The Utopia-Asia.com website, the Internet's
most respected resource for gay and lesbian Asia, is celebrating 10 years of
community service, from its online debut on Dec 13, 1995. Utopia also
publishes landmark printed guidebooks to gay life in the region, including
the Utopia Guide to 45 cities in China, and major cities in Thailand,
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
information on past Utopia Award winners, please see