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On the 5th of November, Raine Cortes, Senior Project Manager at APTN, participated in the Hội nghị Cộng đồng Lgbtiq Cùng Vươn Xa - Stronger Together Summit 2020 and presented the findings from our Key Population Research and Advocacy (KPRA) study together with our country partners SCDI. The summit brought together nearly 140 #LGBTIQ leaders, activists, their parents and allies, UN families, Embassies, NGOs, private sectors, healthcare providers, psychologists and government agencies from across Việt Nam. During the three days of...

In line with the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), ASHM, IHRI and FHI will host a webinar that will facilitate cross-country sharing of health practices, policies and laws, including pathologization that continues to deprive trans people access to gender affirming and general healthcare and to live authentically as themselves ,especially in this times of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Date: 22 October 2020Time: Bangkok/Jakarta (13:00), Sydney/Melbourne (17:00),Brisbane (16:00), Auckland (19:00), Manila (14:00), Kathmandu (11:45), Colombo...

Our Senior Project Manager Raine Cortes will be speaking at the virtual Asian Stigma & Discrimination Forum 2020 on 14 October, a global educational program on strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination around #HIV. As shown by the significant and increasing reports of cities and countries achieving the 90-90-90 targets and beyond for the majority, HIV is now a treatable infection. However, large groups of individuals either still remain undiagnosed, or are diagnosed but do not seek care. This is likely due...

On the occasion of World Mental Health Month 2020, UNDP Thailand and Equal Asia Foundation is launching Mental Health of LGBTI+ persons Month with a virtual webinar - a panel discussion, community sharing and roadmap for collaborative action. The COVID 19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our region and continues to do so. Besides the mortality and morbidity related to the pandemic, the economic slowdown, poor healthcare responses and lockdowns have resulted in historically marginalized communities including LGBTI+ bearing...

The current public health crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19, is a global emergency with far-reaching social, economic, and ecological implications for us all.  There is clear and growing evidence that State responses in the delivery of healthcare, the implementation of lockdown measures and policies designed to mitigate economic consequences have disproportionate and discriminatory impacts on marginalised groups.  The pandemic is exposing and deepening existing discrimination, violence and other human rights violations on the basis of SOGIESC and deepens existing imparities...

One year ago, the World Health Assembly approved the eleventh version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). After more than 10 years of political mobilization, all categories related to trans and gender diverse people were removed from the chapter on mental disorders. Although this is a historic achievement, there are still key issues to address on the road to full depathologization, including the new category of “gender incongruence” in the ICD-11, the challenges posed by legal pathologization at the country level, and the anti-gender movements who...

WHAT IS THE APTN AMPLIFYING TRANS ADVOCACY FELLOWSHIP? The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) Amplifying Trans Advocacy Fellowship aims to support trans and gender-diverse human rights defenders (HRDs) from Asia and the Pacific to utilise the international human rights accountability mechanisms, such as UPR and treaty monitoring bodies, to amplify their existing advocacy work around trans rights at national and international levels. The Fellowship is designed to capacitate trans HRDs on international human rights mechanisms through an online course which will...