Being LGBTI in China: A National Survey on Social Attitudes towards Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression

With great support from dozens of national and local community, business and media organizations, nearly 30,000 copies of valid questionnaires were received from all provinces of China. The survey reflects the life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people, and people with other non-conforming sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions, in regards to the legal environment, education, employment, …

ADVOCACY March 29, 2016

APCOM Intervention at 4th Session of ESCAP Committee on Social Development

The Fourth Session of the ESCAP Committee on Social Development is currently being convened in Bangkok from 28 to 30 March. The session brings together 19 countries from the Asia Pacific region to conduct substantive dialogues and formulate concrete policy recommendations in the area of social development. The focus of this session will be strengthening the implementation of the social …

SHOWCASE March 18, 2016

Business leaders in Asia starting to show interest in LGBT rights

Andrew Chidgey is an APCOM Regional Advisory Group member and Chief Executive of AIDS Concern, Hong Kong. On 3 March 2016, Andrew attended the Pride and Prejudice conference in Hong Kong. Read below as he reflects upon the role of business and business leaders in supporting LGBT rights. This month saw business leaders and diversity champions making the case for …

SHOWCASE February 29, 2016

The Dawn of a National Intersex Movement: The First National Intersex Workshop in Nepal

The first ever national level meeting on issues and challenges facing intersex people in Nepal was held this week in Kathmandu, providing an important opportunity for activists to advocate for inclusion in ongoing dialogue around human rights for sexual minorities in the country. “Intersex people are born with sex characteristics (including genitals, gonads and chromosome patterns) that do not fit …

SHOWCASE March 5, 2015

How Did We Get Here?

"How did we get there (and here)? Three roads led to Geneva, and beyond Geneva to Bangkok, where we meet today."

In June, 2011, almost four years ago, the UN Human Rights Council, for the first time, expressed concern over patterns of violence and discrimination against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  After decades of marginalization at the UN we had finally been recognized by one of the UN’s political bodies, a body established under the …

PUBLICATIONS June 20, 2014

UNDP, USAID launch first comprehensive report on the state of LGBT rights in Indonesia

“The report is ground-breaking in that it reflects many Indonesian voices ranging from local leaders to grassroots organizations...”

JAKARTA (June 17, 2014) – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday launched the first ever-comprehensive report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Indonesia. Entitled, ‘Being LGBT in Asia: The Indonesia Country Report’, the document calls on the Government of Indonesia to recognize the existence of …