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Organisational Profile:  The trans community has always been and will continue to be resilient. Throughout the COVID-19 Trans Resilience Campaign, APTN has been sharing the stories of Hope, Pain, and Survival of trans communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our last story comes from Venasa Transgender Network in Sri Lanka. Venasa Transgender Network, Sri Lanka My name is Saman, I am a 20 year old trans man from Colombo, Sri Lanka. I work as a lampshade manufacturer in a factory. In my job, I...

Organisational Profile:  The trans community has always been and will continue to be resilient. Throughout the COVID-19 Trans Resilience Campaign, APTN has been sharing the stories of Hope, Pain, and Survival of trans communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our next story comes from the National Transgender Network in Sri Lanka. National Transgender Network, Sri Lanka I am Singithi Katunayake and I’m 35 years old. I am a transgender women and   I live by myself in Katunayake, Sri Lanka. My occupation is a sex worker. My...

Organisational Profile:  As part of our COVID-19 Trans Resilience Campaign, 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. Read below about our first organisation and how they are navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic to continue the important work they do. Name of Organisation: Hetura National Capital District (NCD) LGBT Group Where we work: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Who we support: Trans women, Trans men, Lesbian, Bisexual,...

DAY 01: Snapshot of COVID-19 has led to Human Rights Violations Social Media Content Historical systemic and systematic discrimination against trans people stemming directly from harmful laws criminalising their identities and sexual behaviours and a lack of legal gender recognition across Asia and the Pacific region has further impacted trans people’s access to financial and health security throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Social protection schemes are a lifeline in reducing further inequality and debt. Accessing social protection schemes are a human right and should...

UNAIDS is releasing the Mirror on the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Gender diversity is not a lifestyle choice but an inherent right of all people. Gender stereotypes, especially towards LGBTI people, lead to stigma and discrimination. This is more pronounced in children and adolescents, as diversity among them is not commonly understood and society puts massive pressure on them to conform to their assigned gender norms.The film, the Mirror, portrays a young boy who is pouting and opts out...

By: Ashley Lim Note: While this article is written primarily for members of the transgender community, many of the points are applicable for the general public as well. Though the situation in every country is different, these are some general tips to help you build financial stability. As a personal financial consultant based in Singapore for 13 years I have worked with many clients from the LGBTQ community with very diverse backgrounds.  When the Coronavirus Disease took hold in the early part...

Stories from the Streets The trans community has always been and will continue to be resilient. Throughout the COVID-19 Trans Resilience Campaign, APTN has been sharing the stories of Hope, Pain, and Survival of trans communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our next story comes from Haus of Khameleon in Fiji. Haus of Khameleon, Fiji The name gifted to me by my ancestors is Ratu Eroni Ledua Dina (but known affectionately to most as Rhonda). I am from Fiji, a proud Founding member of...

Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) along with 759 signatories from communities living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria and civil society organisations in Asia-Pacific and globally extend sincere gratitude to the United States (U.S.), the Biden-Harris Administration, and the U.S. Congress led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for the $3.5 billion emergency funding commitment they secured forthe efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global...

Organisational Profile:  As part of our COVID-19 Trans Resilience Campaign, 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. Read below about our first organisation and how they are navigating the challenges of the COVID pandemic to continue the important work they do. Name of Organisation: Blue Diamond Society- BDS Where we work: Nepal Who we support: Lesbian, Gay, Transgender men and women, Bisexual, Intersex and PLHIV What We Do. As a...