In the bustling heart of the Pan-African LGBTQ+ movement, the 6th Regional Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) was a great learning platform to learn about the state of LGBTQ+ rights in the continent. Held under the theme of ‘Pride and Resilience,’ the conference provided a powerful platform for activists, leaders, and organizations to unite, share knowledge, and work toward a more inclusive and accepting world. At this event, APTN (Asia Pacific Transgender Network) was represented by its Executive Director, Joe Wong, and Programs Officer, Nicha Rongram.
APTN’s main participation in the Pan-Africa ILGA 6th Regional Conference was to advance the rights and well-being of transgender individuals across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond through a shared learning platform. The Importance of global collaboration in the fight for LGBTQ+ and transgender people’s rights cannot be understated, and it represents the united struggle for LGBTQ+ rights across the globe.
During their time at the conference, Joe Wong and Nicha Rongram showcased several key initiatives that APTN has been diligently working on – such as the Trans Health Module, the Trans COMP Community-Based Monitoring Project, and the Hate Crime Monitoring Project. These initiatives not only provide invaluable resources but also empower trans individuals and communities to thrive in the face of adversity.
One crucial aspect of the conference was recognizing the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ communities worldwide. The rise of the anti-gender movement and the increase in ‘anti-sodomy’ legislation were particularly alarming trends discussed by activists. These developments underscored the urgent need for collective action and international solidarity.
Connecting with Pan-African Trans Activists:
Joe & Nicha managed to connect with many trans activists from the Pan-African region. The Trans Pre-Conference served as an excellent opportunity to network, share experiences, and build alliances.
The Pan-Africa ILGA 6th Regional Conference was an important event for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies across the continent and beyond. APTN was glad to share our work in this conference, and we hope that our goal of advocating for transgender rights was achieved through the shared learning platform provided by the conference.