SHOWCASE July 2, 2015

Limelight: Elly (Malaysia)

Elly spoke of the importance of sexual health and HIV services being available to most at risk populations in Malaysia, such as transgender people and MSM.

“Have an open mind, support MSM and transgender people to take control of their health and wellbeing without judgment” and to the community “Be brave, become knowledgeable and understanding of your sexuality and/or gender identity so that you are comfortable with who you are, and feel able to get the support you need and deserve”. Elly Hazri Mustaffa, a transgender …

SHOWCASE January 24, 2014

Spotlight: Health and Opportunity Network, Pattaya, Thailand

Health and Opportunity Network (HON) is a dedicated care and support organization for transgender individuals living with HIV and AIDS in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is a hotspot where a significant number of transgender live and work including engaging in commercial sex. The organization had started its work at the beginning of 2008, with the funding from the Provincial Office of …

SHOWCASE December 18, 2013

Spotlight: Myanmar Youth Stars, Yangon

In late 2012, a leadership short course in Yangon brought together for the first time young key affected populations from across Myanmar. One of the workshop’s result is the establishment of a working group designed to strengthen the young key population in Myanmar. Nine active young people then formed Myanmar Youth Stars. UNESCO organized “New Gen in Myanmar”, a leadership …

REGIONAL October 30, 2013

Spotlight: MSM Poz, Malaysia

MSM Poz is a unique programme in Malaysia, offering support to HIV positive MSM through face-to-face outreach, counseling, monthly support groups, education sessions, online counseling and a supportive, dedicated website. MSM Poz was set up in September 2009 by a group of volunteers who got together to set up a monthly support group for HIV positive MSM in Kuala Lumpur.   There …

SHOWCASE October 28, 2013

Spotlight: Vietnamese Network of MSM and Transgender People

The Vietnamese Network of MSM and Transgender People (VNMSM-TG) raises the voice and acts for the rights of MSM and transgender people in Vietnam. The Vietnamese MSM and transgender community is often, if not everyday, suffering from misconceptions and discrimination from their family, at schools, at work, in health settings, as well as from the media. This has caused the community to face many …

SHOWCASE August 30, 2013

Spotlight: Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines

The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP) is a pioneer transpinays (transgender/transexual Filipinas) rights advocacy and support organisation founded in 2002 to combat stigma and discrimination based on gender identity and/or expressions. STRAP educates and equips its members to become more effective and empowered advocates of gender justice and equality. One of its main activities is raising public  awareness …

SHOWCASE August 29, 2013

Spotlight: Tongan Leitis Association, Tonga

Established in 1992, the Tongan Leitis Association (TLA) focus on improving the rights and celebrating the contribution of Leitis in Tonga. Leiti is a local cultural term which is a modern derivation of the English word ‘lady’ and is used as an inclusive term for the broad range of men who have sex with men, transgender people, gay and bisexual men and …

REGIONAL August 29, 2013

Spotlight: Action for AIDS, Singapore

“Understanding and working with the diversity of sexualities and cultures within our society has always been an important focus for our organisation.”

Action for AIDS is the first organisation working with gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the area of sexual health promotion, in Singapore. As the organisation enters their 25th year of operations, they’ve evolved their functions and objectives to include greater coordination and collaboration, focusing on delivering complex prevention and care programmes in an increasingly …

REGIONAL August 7, 2013

Spotlight: Haus of Khameleon, Fiji

Haus of Khameleon is a youth and transgender led feminist movement working to create a safe space for Transgender people in Fiji. Formerly known as the ’Fiji Transgender Empowerment Project’ under the Fiji Arts Council (2010-11), Haus of Khameleon has gone through a period of reinvention to expand, restrategise and replenish their work. They believe in the power of Art as …

REGIONAL June 26, 2013

Spotlight: SWING, Thailand

The Service Workers In Group Foundation (SWING) was established in 2004 to promote and protect the health, human rights and dignity of sex workers. From its initial focus on the issues that affect male and transgender sex workers, SWING has expanded its coverage over the past 10 years to include programmes and projects for sex workers of all genders and …