ADVOCACY October 8, 2018

Project CARE: Online Survey on the Mental Health and Well-Being Of LGBTQI Rights Defenders

Mental health is a human right. This is elaborated under Article 12 of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which recognizes that the highest attainable standard of health involves both physical and mental health. However, even with this recognition that mental health is a human right and as such should be enjoyed by everyone various studies …

REGIONAL September 6, 2018

Asia Pacific LGBT Org Celebrates Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality In India

Bangkok, Thursday 6 September 2018: A historic ruling by the Supreme Court in India which is set to decriminalize homosexuality in the country has been welcomed by APCOM, a leading Asia Pacific HIV and LGBT* rights community network. Announced today, the ruling has determined that laws which prohibit homosexual intercourse are unconstitutional and has been met with jubilation by LGBT …

NEWSROOM July 25, 2018

APCOM Launches New ‘Leaving No One Behind’ Strategy

Amsterdam, Thursday 26 July, 2018: Taking a bold, ambitious and tenacious approach to building a more effective response to the health and rights of gay men, other men who have sex with men and SOGIESC* people in Asia and the Pacific is the focus of our new 2018-2020 strategic framework. Based in Bangkok, APCOM represents and works with over 200 …

REGIONAL July 16, 2018

NO LONGER LEFT BEHIND – SOGIESC Asia and the Pacific Call for Action in the Humanitarian System

We, SOGIESC activists, human rights defenders and CSOs from countries in Asia and the Pacific, have come together in solidarity at the Pride in the Humanitarian System consultation to reflect on our collective experience during humanitarian events and offer the humanitarian system insights from our lived experiences and our unique needs. We have had an opportunity to listen and engage …

NEWSROOM June 5, 2018

Pride In The Humanitarian System: Promoting Inclusion And Rights For LGBTIQ People In Disaster Preparedness And Response

Bangkok, Thailand — A long-neglected component of resilience-building, response and recovery in humanitarian settings is the need to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. Next week over one hundred LGBTIQ activists from twenty countries from Afghanistan to the Cook Islands will meet with international humanitarian organisations to call for action on the exclusion of LGBTIQ+ people from …

REGIONAL May 9, 2018

Asia’s First HIV Financing Programme Delivers Online Hub Of Community Resources

Bangkok, Thursday 10 May 2018: Asia’s first HIV programme to focus solely on HIV financing has launched a new online portal to help HIV advocates across Asia become more effective at participating in conversations with their national governments to fund health programmes for communities most affected by HIV. The SHIFT Knowledge Management Hub –  which contains a range of reports, …

NEWSROOM May 4, 2018

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) discussion

In late April, various heads of state gathered for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to discuss their shared global challenges and agreed actions to make the future better for future generations. Ahead of the meetings, the Commonwealth Equality Network (CEN) made a special call for LGBTI organizations and individuals to make a strong presence, with a focus on …

NEWSROOM February 23, 2018

Asia Pac HIV Key Population Networks Seek More Influence Over Global Fund Grant-Making

Bangkok, 22 February, 2018: A coalition of regional key population networks responding to the impact of HIV in Asia and the Pacific is calling for its members to be more involved in managing key grants from the internationally funded Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund). Earlier this month, the Global Fund and UNAIDS co-hosted a …

REGIONAL February 5, 2018

Solidarity And Courage Amidst Increasing Violence Against LGBTIQ Persons In Indonesia

On 27 January 2018, approximately 10 beauty salons in North Aceh, Indonesia became subject to raids and 12 transgender women were arrested. They were forced to cut and shave their hair, stripped of their clothes, verbally harassed, and subjected to physical and mental therapies in an attempt to make them more “masculine”. On the pretenses of protecting public morals, the …

REGIONAL December 20, 2017

APCOM at the 7th ILGA Asia Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The 7th biennial conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association in Asia (ILGA Asia), which happened in the Cambodian capital, attracted over 300 delegates from throughout Asia who discussed a diverse range of issues affecting LGBTI people and communities across the region. Asia Pacific HIV and LGBTI community network APCOM had a strong presence at the …