SHOWCASE November 29, 2016

“My Sexuality, My Faith” Session at ILGA World Conference 2016

“My Sexuality My Faith” was one of many sessions organised by APCOM during the 2016 ILGA World Conference in Bangkok. Supported by UNDP through Multi-country South Asia Global Fund HIV programme, the session is a safe-space for all community advocates to exchange knowledge regarding experiences in protecting the rights of the people of sexual minorities through faith-based advocacy. The panel …

NEWSROOM November 24, 2016

As the World Convenes for the World’s Largest LGBTI Rights Convention in Bangkok, APCOM Celebrates the Gains and Mourns the Loss

At a time when advocacy to promote the basic human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) persons has never been louder, APCOM is joining other civil society organisations, development partners and other fellow community advocates in Bangkok, Thailand for the 28th International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (IL GA) World Conference from November 28 to …

NEWSROOM November 18, 2016

APCOM at the 28th ILGA World Conference

The 28th ILGA World Conference took place from November 28 to December 2, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, only the second one held in Asia, after the 2003 Manila conference. It was the time for ILGA World to return to Asia, home to 60% to the world’s population, and thus, anecdotally, to 60% of the world’s LGBTI population. Playing a home …

SHOWCASE November 29, 2015

“Christianity, Sexual Diversity and Access to Health” Session at 2015 ILGA Asia Conference

Our “Christianity, Sexual Diversity and Access to Health” session during the 2015 ILGA Asia Conference encompassed presentations and discussions on intersecting issues of Christianity, sexual diversity and access to sexual healthcare. Topics included Christian viewpoints that oppose and support LGBTIQ people and their issues, and collaborations between LGBTIQ and HIV civil society organisations and Christian groups in Asia. The session’s speakers  …

LEARNING November 1, 2015

APCOM at 2015 ILGA Asia

The 6th ILGA-Asia Regional Conference took place in Taipei, Taiwan; and APCOM conducted exciting agenda for the conference (see below). The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) is a global network of LGBT activists, which today has more than 1,000 affiliated organizations in 119 countries. ILGA-Asia is the largest gathering of LGBT activists in Asia. A diverse range of member organizations …

SHOWCASE December 31, 2014

APCOM Engagement at ICAAP11

This year, the Congress brings impressive expertise and the latest scientific and social progress from across the region to Bangkok. With the theme “Asia/Pacific Reaching Triple Zero: Investing in Innovation”, ICAAP11 aims to serve as a platform for the creation of innovative changes, new partnerships and active collaborations towards reaching the “Three Zeros” – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination …

ADVOCACY October 10, 2014

APCOM Engagement at AIDS 2014

The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) was held in Melbourne, Australia, from 20 to 25 July 2014, attracting nearly 12,000 participants from almost 200 countries. AIDS 2014 finished with thousands of delegates endorsing the Melbourne Declaration. Through the Declaration, APCOM and other delegates reaffirm their unwavering commitment to equality, universal access to health care and treatment services, and support for …

PUBLICATIONS September 13, 2014

ICAAP 2013 Report: The MSM and Transgender Perspective

The 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific was held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok from 18th until 22 November 2013. Attended by over 4,000 participants from 22 countries in the region, with total of 53 abstract driven sessions, 5 of them were about MSM and transgender. The conference featured many topics specific …

SHOWCASE July 19, 2014

Do not be a statistic, but own the information that shapes programmes

Bobby Ramakant, CNS Special Correspondent Midnight Poonkasetwattana, APCOM [CNS images from AIDS 2014] Engaging key populations in HIV responses is fundamental not only because these affected communities are at an elevated risk of HIV acquisition but also they are key to HIV responses. Sonya Arreola from the Global Fund for MSM and HIV (MSMGF) said at a pre-conference meeting around XX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) …

ADVOCACY March 1, 2014

How Young is Too Young for Sexual Reassignment Surgery?

“How young is too young for sexual reassignment surgery in clinical, ethical and surgical aspects?”

The WPATH Symposium: Transgender Health from Global Perspective, held on February 14-18, 2013, offered transgender persons, medical practitioners and advocates a number of symposia on medical and surgical researches and advocacy agenda. As an advocate, naturally, I went to listen to the presentation on the advocacy issues. But, man, they are all too familiar. The same were discussed during the …