Each year the host nation nominates a person or organization for the Mr Gay World “Eric Butter Philanthropy Award”.
The award is given to an individual that possesses extraordinary selflessness to the greater community in moving diversity acceptance forward. This individual is a leader and inspires those around him/her to be their very best.
The goal of the award is to bring public recognition to dynamic individuals from around the world, whose values infuse their humanitarian accomplishments, and provide inspiration to the next generations specifically in diversity issues with the LGBT and/or HIV/AIDS community.
Mr Gay World is looking for today’s LGBT heroes. Next generation leaders who have a vision for change that will better the world in a meaningful way, and who have created a mechanism for acting on that vision in ways that deliver measurable results. We evaluate that against the following criteria:
- Today’s LGBT heroes whose values and regard for humanity serve as an inspiration for the next generations.
- Next generation leaders who have a vision for change that will better the world in a meaningful way;
- Nominees who have created a mechanism for acting on their vision in ways that deliver measurable results; and,
- Nominees who exhibit innovation, leadership and impact in their chosen field.
Past Eric Butter Philanthropy Award Recipients include:
- 2010 – Norway: HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway for her dedication in HIV/AIDS-related work as well as youth empowerment.
- 2011 – Philippines: Filipino TV celebrity Boy Abunda for his strong leadership in celebrating sexual diversity and HIV/AIDS awareness
- 2012 – South Africa: African LGBT activist Coenie Kukkuk for his determination in raising awareness of the marginalization of LGBT citizens and his fearless fight for equal human rights for all Africans.
This year in Antwerp it was time for the producers of Mr Gay World 2013 to choose someone worthy to receive the award and it did not take a lot of thinking; they chose Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley from the NOH8 campaign.
– When Antwerp had the opportunity to choose someone for the “Eric Butter Philanthropy Award” it was very clear we wanted to go for NOH8. For us they are an example how someone can create reality from a dream, and this way change the face of the world.
The personal commitment from Jeff and Adam and their team, the positive and constructive approach, the simplicity of their message, yet the depth that LGBT rights are human rights and human rights are LGBT rights have made that all parts of society, LGBT and straight, stars and common people, young and old have been attracted to be part of their movement.
We also wanted to show the 25 MGW delegates how we all can be a leader in our community, changing the world for the better. It was an honour getting to know NOH8 and I feel personally honoured I am one of the +30.000 faces of their global campaign, says Jerko Bozikovic, executive producer of MGW 2013 and co-founder of the worldOutgames Antwerp 2013.
Next year it will be the Italian producers of Mr Gay World 2014 in Rome who decides who will be the 2014 Recipient.
Have a look at this presentation video on the NOH8 campaign:
Read more about the campaign at this LINK