Our Work

Across Asia and the Pacific, trans and gender diverse people are denied fundamental human rights, from legal recognition to employment, housing and health services. This severely undermines their ability to live a fulfilling, healthy and dignified life. APTN, together with a range of partners, supports, organises and advocates for the advancement and protection of the rights of the trans and gender diverse people to live authentically and stay safe in the world. We work towards a society that respects the fundamental human rights of trans and gender diverse people, and upholds, respects, and protects their diversity, safety, equality and dignity.

  • Research

    Sheddings light on the diversity and lived reality of the trans and gender diverse community in Asia and the Pacific

  • Advocacy

    Advancing Justice, Rights and Access

  • Movement Building

    Towards a Resilient and Self-reliant Trans Movement

  • Public Campaigning

    Engaging with traditional, online, and social media to raise public awareness of the issues affecting our community

Where we work

APTN works across the Asia and the Pacific, home to more than one-half of the global population, a diverse region where countries have varying levels of human development. We work across the entire region to address the persistent binary gender norms and systemic patriarchy. We do so because the trans and gender diverse people continue to be marginalised and deprived of their rights, including their bodily rights.



Our Community

Our aim is to build a robust, resilient and self-reliant community of trans and gender diverse people in Asia and the Pacific. We achieve this by working with local partners, community members and development agencies to co-create interventions, evidence-based programmes and initiatives at country, regional and global levels. We do this for trans and gender diverse people, policymakers, health care practitioners and providers, and international agencies. 

Here’s some of our projects and community partners:

Featured Projects

More Special Projects

Towards Transformative Healthcare: Asia Pacific Trans Health and Rights Module

Drawing from global and regional research and  guidance on the health of trans and gender-diverse people, APTN’s Towards Transformative Healthcare (TTHM) Module, uses a rights-based approach to health to empower trans people to know and claim their rights and health professionals to be knowledgeable and support trans individuals along their medical journey.  In creating a […]
Locations: Asia Pacific
Issues: Health and Well-being

Reimagining Our Future: Trans and Gender Diverse Peoples Convening in South Asia – Live Coverage

APTN is back with its series of subregional convening. On 16-20th January 2023. More than 40 trans and gender-diverse individuals are coming to represent our partner organisations in Kathmandu, Nepal. This event is the second of the sub-regional convenings, to be followed by one more in each of the sub-regions in Asia and the Pacific […]
Locations: Bangladesh, Buthan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia, Sri Lanka
Partners: Blue Diamond Society
Issues: Combatting Stigma and Discrimination, Health and Well-being, Human Rights Violation Monitoring and Reporting, Legal Gender Recognition, Migrant, Refugee and Asylum

APTN x ILGA Asia 2022 Trans Pre-conference

We led ILGA Asia’s 2022 Trans Pre-conference on the 28th of November 2022. The Trans Pre-conference was led by Nhuun Yodmuang, our Senior Human Rights and Advocacy Officer and ILGA Asia’s Trans Representative Executive Board. The opening of the trans pre-conference was delivered by Tusina Ymania Brown, who highlighted the background of the region, where […]
Partners: ILGA Asia
Issues: Combatting Stigma and Discrimination, Human Rights Violation Monitoring and Reporting, Intersectionality