Discrimination against trans and gender diverse people in Asia and the Pacific affects every area of life, and causes many to hide their identities and live in fear. Discrimination restricts access to education and professional training, health care, and social services. Stigmatising and inaccurate legal documents undermine freedom of movement. Criminalisation, and cultural and religious factors also contribute to stigma and discrimination.
These factors all combine to make it difficult for trans people to find and keep gainful employment. Stigma and discrimination create a constant threat of prejudice and violence. On the other hand, positive public or political representation of trans and gender diverse people is rare in the region.
We work towards full equality and explicit protection from discrimination for trans and gender diverse people in all spheres of life, in order to able to live with dignity and respect.
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