SHOWCASE March 7, 2018

Limelight: Yasmine – Indonesian Transgender Woman

Born to Muslim and Hindu parents on the island paradise of Bali, Indonesia, Yasmine began life as the only boy in a family of five children, and following the traditions of the island, took on the Islam religion of her father. At the early age of 17, Yasmine began her transformation, starting with makeup and eventually began hormone therapy and …

SHOWCASE July 31, 2017

A Journey of an Indian Mother on Accepting Her Gay Son

Muthukumar Natesan is the Director of Lotus Sangam, a community-based organization that supports the rights and well-being of gay men and transgender people in rural areas in  Kumbakonam, a semiurban area of Tamil Nadu in India. Below, Muthukumar retells a moving story of his mother – a woman whose journey starts when she disowns her gay son, but ends with her working …

SHOWCASE May 5, 2017

Limelight: Transgender Activist Resma (India)

Resma, a third gender daughter of an engineer father and a professor mother from the Bihar state of India, devotes her time and energy towards the betterment of transgender persons in and around Bihar since the last four years. Though she is only 26 years young, her advocacy effort with government departments, politicians, media, and other community associations has been …

SHOWCASE November 21, 2016

Interview with Hong Kong’s AIDS Concern Chief Executive Andrew Chidgey

What do you do when an illness you have defines you? When the social stigma attached to the illness you carry leads to discrimination, prejudice and a feeling of hopelessness. For millions of people around the world, this existence is a reality as they battle the human immunodeficiency virus, more commonly recognized as HIV. The negative social stigma that has …

SHOWCASE November 2, 2016

Positive Podcast Ep. 2: The Greatest Critique

Positive Podcast Episode 2

The storyteller, John, is a Chief Executive of an Information and Technology (IT) Company in the Philippines. When diagnosed with HIV two years ago, self-stigma caused him to look at himself with great judgment. In this episode, John shares his story on his journey getting the support from family and friends who helped to change his mindset and address his …

SHOWCASE November 2, 2016

Seeing the Epidemic in the Region with a Macroeconomic Lens: An Interview with Tony Sakulpong

Now running a family business of real estate and light manufacturing, our Board member Tony Sakulpong pursued his early career path as a clinical microbiologist specializing in HIV. Equipped with both entrepreneurial and clinical savviness, Tony’s presence in the Board contributes to making APCOM stay ahead of the curve – as a “firm” built by and for community advocates. This …

SHOWCASE October 28, 2016

Positive Podcast Ep. 1: Love’s Never Angry

Positive Podcast Episode 1

The storyteller, Ferry, is 33 years old, and living in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ferry was a male sex worker. After being diagnosed with HIV, he didn’t think he would be able to find a partner and share a happy relationship. Contrary to his initial thought, living with HIV turned out not to be an obstacle to him finding a partner. In this …

SHOWCASE April 11, 2016

Limelight: Muthukumar Natesan (India)

Lotus Integrated AIDS Awareness Sangram (LOTUS) is an organization based in Tamil Nadu, India, that blossomed out of a pre-existing social network of ‘kothis’ – homosexuals who would meet regularly but informally for the betterment of the community. Kothis in Tamil Nadu face many problems such as abuse from rowdies, non-acceptance from their family and society, which often lead to …

SHOWCASE December 23, 2015

Limelight: Daina (India)

a young, former transgender sex worker learns tough lessons from the school of life

Early last year, in a progressive move, the Indian Supreme Court ruled to legally recognise the third gender. The government was ordered to provide transgender people with quotas in employment, education and other key amenities. Transgender people in India are, however, is still far from feeling welcome in their society. APCOM spoke to Daina, 20, a member of Youth Voices …