NEWSROOM August 16, 2017

Gaijatara Pride: Blue Diamond Society Celebrating Kathmandu’s Very Own LGBT Pride

With the theme of “My Friends and Family Celebrates Me”, Blue Diamond Society (BDS) hosted its annual Gaijatra LGBTI Pride March on August 8, 2017, at Kathmandu, Nepal. Honorable Minister Asha Koirala, Ministry of Woman, Children and Social Welfare inaugurated Pride March by raising a rainbow flag and colorful balloons, in support and solidarity for LGBTI citizens of Nepal. Honorable …

SHOWCASE July 31, 2017

A Journey of an Indian Mother on Accepting Her Gay Son

Muthukumar Natesan is the Director of Lotus Sangam, a community-based organization that supports the rights and well-being of gay men and transgender people in rural areas in  Kumbakonam, a semiurban area of Tamil Nadu in India. Below, Muthukumar retells a moving story of his mother – a woman whose journey starts when she disowns her gay son, but ends with her working …

SHOWCASE May 30, 2017

The Humsafar Trust’s IDAHOT 2017 Celebration

The Humsafar Trust (Humsafar), our partner under the Multi-country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA) based in Mumbai, India, convened events to observe International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) across six different Indian states. Supported by the same grant, Humsafar collaborated with various local community-based organizations to commemorate the Day that has a global theme of family acceptance. Below is …

SHOWCASE March 15, 2017

Spotlight: Parwaz Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Parwaz Male Health Society (PMHS) is a community based organization (CBO) with the mission to improve the sexual health, welfare and human rights for men who have sex with men (MSM) and their partners in Karachi, Pakistan. Founded in 2012, PMHS provides psychosocial counseling, clinical STI screening and treatment, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and Mobile VCT for HIV, referral/registration …

SHOWCASE March 15, 2017

Spotlight: Humraz Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Founded in 2012, Humraz Male Health Society is a very first community-led organization service delivery point that exists to improve the sexual health, welfare and human rights for males who have sex with males and their partners in Hyderabad, Sindh. Humraz does this by providing services which include volunteer counseling and testing, sexually transmitted infection diagnosis and treatment, psychosocial counseling, distribution …

SHOWCASE March 9, 2017

Pireh Male Health Society Teaching Sex and Gender Equality to Hundreds of Pakistani Young Leaders

The 7th Pakistan Youth Congress (PYC) was held in Islamabad in January 2017. Initiated by Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF), PYC is one of the biggest youth development project for Pakistani youth. Every year, since 2009, youngsters from all over Pakistan participated in this project. They interact with each other and engage in efficient learning activities that facilitate their knowledge …

SHOWCASE September 16, 2016

The Power to Empower Others

Palitha Vijayabandara, a community advocate from Sri Lanka, is one of many emerging leaders participating in APCOM’s “Developing Effective Leaders Resulting to Good Governance” workshop,  that was supported by UNDP through the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme. The below write-up is his reflection on what he has learnt from the workshop. I have seen, conducted and experienced many …

SHOWCASE August 22, 2016

Spotlight: Dostana Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Based in Lahore, Pakistan, Dostana Male Health Society (Dostana) envisions a world, an Asia, a Pakistan and a Lahore, where individuals are able to exercise their fundamental human rights for the achievement of personal and professional excellence, regardless of their sexual orientation, sexual behaviour, and gender identity. In achieving that vision, Dostana strives for the advancement of the social and health …

SHOWCASE August 22, 2016

Spotlight: Dareecha Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Based in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Dareecha Male Health Society (Dareecha) has experience working with the MSM community since 2012. Dareecha was officially registered in June 2015 and started working as an independent CBO in January 2016. Comprising of 15 staffs, Dareecha is one of the country recipients of the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA), in which APCOM acts …

SHOWCASE August 22, 2016

Spotlight: Pireh Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Based in Larkana, Sind Province, Pakistan, Pireh Male Health Society (Pireh) has been in operation since the beginning of 2012. More than 14,000 MSM and almost 2,500 transgender people have been beneficiaries of different services offered by the organisation, such as BCC, STI diagnosis and syndromic management, distribution of condoms and water-based lubricants, VCT services, awareness on HIV, STI and …