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DAY 01: Snapshot of Mental Health

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One of the greatest stressors for trans people who are medically transitioning has been the declining availability of gender-affirming care and treatment. Our partners reported that gender affirming surgeries have been postponed, or cancelled, and affected trans people were not provided with information from health care providers as to when gender-affirming surgeries would resume. Disrupted supply chains from India reduced the availability of hormones, particularly testosterone, to support gender-affirming hormone therapy regimes for trans people. The disruption in gender-affirming care for trans people has exacerbated mental health including increasing anxiety and depression.

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DAY 02: Organisational Profile – Unity 4 Change

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Over the next few weeks, APTN will be highlighting some of our COVID-19 Community Support Fund partners who have stepped up to provide vital support to the community during the pandemic. 

Our next partner is an emerging LBT group in Nepal, Unity 4 Change. Despite being their first-ever project, U4C was able to provide financial aid and food to over 50 LBT community members AND developed mental well-being programmes for LBT people. Knowing how many people would be affected mentally by the lockdown, they hosted virtual events including Group Psychosocial Counselling to support 64 LBT people to cope with their psychosocial health.

Click the link in our bio to read more about how U4C is navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic to continue the important work they do.

Support and follow U4C here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtiqgroup

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DAY 03: Story from the Streets –  Samababohona

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The #transcommunity has always been and will continue to be resilient. Throughout the next few weeks, APTN will be sharing the stories of Hope, Pain, and Survival of trans communities during the #COVID19 pandemic. 

Our next story is from Diban, a young #transman from Kolkata, #India. Prior to the #pandemic, Diban had begun building a life for himself and his partner after leaving his abusive family’s home. However, COVID has affected their financial stability and Diban’s #mentalhealth. Since Diban does not have his gender changed on government identity documents, he was unable to receive the government’s food rations. Thankfully, Samabhabona was able to provide food rations to reduce the economic pressures on Diban. 

To hear more of Diban’s story, click the link in our bio.

Support and Follow Samabhabona here:  https://www.facebook.com/samabhabona/

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DAY 04: Story from the Streets –  Lakanbini

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The #trans community has always been and will continue to be resilient. Throughout the next few weeks, APTN will be sharing the stories of Hope, Pain, and Survival of trans communities during the #COVID19 #pandemic. 

There are so many moving stories from our community; we are featuring another story this week, this time from Lakanbini in the #Philippines. Binibining Ruffa Torregoza is a  34 years old Filipina #transgender woman activist who #volunteers for Gayon Inc., a region-wide (Bicol) NGO working on #LGBTI rights. During the pandemic, she volunteered for the relief operations while experiencing food insecurity, financial hardship, and traumatic mental health issues herself. Despite this, Binibining is trying to remain positive for her #community and her own future.

To hear more of Binibining’s story, click the link in our bio. 
Support and Follow Lakanbini here: https://www.facebook.com/lakanbiniadvocatespilipinas

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DAY 05: Opinion Piece – Shan Menon

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