The Eric Butter Philanthropy Award

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 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:

1) Today’s LGBT heroes whose values and regard for humanity serve as an inspiration for the next generations.

2) Next generation leaders who have a vision for change that will better the world in a meaningful way;

3) Nominees who have created a mechanism for acting on their vision in ways that deliver measurable results;

4) Nominees who exhibit innovation, leadership and impact in their chosen field.

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.

2013 Belgium

The very well-known NoH8 campaign. This recipient has created a global awareness of LGBT rights through social media which has attracted worldwide attention.

2014 Italy

Italian politician and human rights activist, Imma Battaglia, for her achievements in organising the first Rome Pride march as well as her decades-long fight for LGBT rights in Italy.

2015 South Africa - Double Nomination

Georlene Wolmarans, Executive Mayor Knysna

2015 South Africa - Double Nomination

Frank Malaba, Artist and Human Rights Activist of Zimbabwe