ADVOCACY June 6, 2017

International Coalition Calls for Public Support to End Increasing Persecution of LGBT People in Indonesia

The undersigned organisations and individuals (39 in total) support the following statement: We appeal to the people of Indonesia and our friends and supporters around the world to help protect the rights and health of all Indonesian citizens by supporting efforts to end the growing mistreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Indonesia. Our appeal follows several …

ADVOCACY June 1, 2017

The UN’s Independent Expert on Protection against Violence and Discrimination based on SOGI Released Its First Report

It has been a year since the International Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) was conceived by the United Nation Human Rights Council for the first time ever. The process did not come easy. The mandate of the position was challenged several times by a coalition of countries that did not want to defend the rights of their …

NEWSROOM June 1, 2017

New APCOM Video Reminds Parents to Love Their LGBT Children

In the spirit of “family” theme of the last International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17) and the Global Day of Parents (June 1), we are releasing a new video celebrating parents who love and accept their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children. Produced with the support of Save the Children through the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund …

NEWSROOM May 24, 2017

Taiwan will Soon become the First Place in Asia to Legalise Same-sex Marriage

After a grueling advocacy effort made by the LGBT rights defender, Taiwan’s chief court has decided in favour of same-sex marriage. Taiwan is a step closer to becoming the first place in Asia to bring marriage equality. The decision is a great news for the LGBT and marriage equality movement not only in Taiwan, but also in the region. This …

NEWSROOM May 20, 2017

Indonesian and International HIV and LGBT Organisations Protest Treatment of Gay Men Arrested in Surabaya Raid

APCOM, Arus Pelangi, COC, GAYa Nusantara, GWL-INA, LBH Masyarakat, LBH Surabaya and MSMGF support the following statement: We express serious concern over the treatment of 14 men who have been arrested on charges related to alleged consensual sex at a hotel in the Indonesian city of Surabaya on 30 April 2017. It is disturbing that eight of the men are …

NEWSROOM May 11, 2017

Join APCOM to Commemorate the 2017 International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, May 17 / 1PM to 8.30PM

Join our #RainbowFamily and help us commemorate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) and champion lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in Thailand. This year’s theme focuses on the role of family connections, love and support for LGBTI people and their families so we encourage you to also bring your families, partners and friends to …

PUBLICATIONS February 21, 2017

Tools Aiming at Integrating SOGIE Issues at Organizational Level

Islands of Southeast Asia Networks on Male and Transgender Sexual Health (ISEAN), in partnership with APCOM, and with support from Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), conducted a desk review and meta-analysis of existing tools and products on SOGI to identify gaps in SOGI-related engagements among community advocates in Southeast Asia, and to contribute in the competency to become experts …

ADVOCACY December 21, 2016

Another Victory of the UN Rejecting Another Effort to Suspend the Mandate of Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

On Monday, December 19th, a group of states attempted to halt the mandate of the Independent Expert on the “protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The position of Independent Expert in SOGI was created by the passing of UN Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/32/2 in June of this year and is held by …

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 23, 2016

Victory of the UN Rejecting Effort to Suspend the Mandate of Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

LGBTI activists from Asia and the Pacific welcome the decision of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the protection of the human rights of LGBTI people around the world, while reaffirming the legitimate mandates of the Human Rights Council. On 21 November, the UNGA rejected a move that aims to weaken the legitimately established Independent Expert on …