SHOWCASE September 16, 2016

The Power to Empower Others

Palitha Vijayabandara, a community advocate from Sri Lanka, is one of many emerging leaders participating in APCOM’s “Developing Effective Leaders Resulting to Good Governance” workshop,  that was supported by UNDP through the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme. The below write-up is his reflection on what he has learnt from the workshop. I have seen, conducted and experienced many …

LEARNING August 3, 2016

5 Campaigning Insights Drawn from IDAHOT’s “Developing Public Campaigning Strategies” Meeting

Exchanged campaigning insights from brilliant LGBT advocates around the world you must know is here!

Across different regions, LGBT networks and organisations who aim to build the strategic capacities of LGBT advocates have come to a shared analysis that there is a need to provide the advocates with: a theoretical and historical background knowledge to social change, campaigning and creative activism; a capacity to make informed choices on strategies and tactics in line with their …

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 25, 2016

Vilead – Vietnam LGBT Leadership Development Program

In the recent years, LGBT community in Vietnam has reached many achievements, from country wide campaign on same sex marriage, to community mobilization and fight for the right of transgender people. Vietnam has become one of the typical example of community strength in the regions.  To keep up the pace, having a new generation of leadership is critical. This is …

SHOWCASE January 14, 2016

Fast-tracking HIV and Human Rights Response for gay men, bisexual men and other MSM

A reflection piece by Niluka Perera, Youth Voices Count’s Project Officer, on his participation in the first meeting of a new advisory body, the Global Platform to Fast-Track HIV Responses among Gay Men, Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (Global Platform), which was convened by UNAIDS and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) in Geneva, …

LEARNING November 1, 2015

After the Rain, Comes the Rainbow?

A reflection piece on 2015 ILGA Asia Conference and Taipei Pride

A reflection piece written by our media & communication officer, Safir Soeparna, on his participation in two Asia’s largest LGBT rights events: 2015 ILGA Conference and Taiwan LGBT Pride. Although far from perfect, Taiwan has set an exemplary remark of creating a more tolerating and inclusive society for other Asian countries. Last Saturday, Taiwan marked its 13th LGBT pride. More than …

LEARNING November 1, 2015

PrEParing Pakistan, One Young MSM at a Time

A reflection piece of young PrEP advocate who attended PrEParing Asia

Sarmad Ali, a Youth Voices Count member from Pakistan, considers himself a PrEP advocate. With the grant from UNDP’s Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (based at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub), Sarmad attended PrEPARING ASIA, along with other PrEP advocates from South Asia. Read below as he reflects his participation in Asia’s first and biggest regional consultation on the roll out of PrEP.  …

SHOWCASE July 7, 2015

My IDAHOT 2015 Experience: A Heterosexual Perspective

I am heterosexual and I do think it’s wrong if LGBT individuals can’t open up about their sexuality as open as their heterosexual counterparts.

Paul, who’s mixed American/British, was born and has been growing up in Bangkok. Together with his GSA team, Paul is campaigning to empower their peers to stand against homophobic bullying at school. The year-10 teen chatted with APCOM about his opinion on the last Thai IDAHOT event and his role in GSA. Read his story below. My parents were always …

PREVENTION May 27, 2015

PrEP in the eyes of a young Thai gay man

I am young, single, gay, but not on PrEP. I first learnt about PrEP at the birthing stage of TestBKK campaign in 2014.

READ THIS FIRST: PrEP is referred to oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, a new HIV prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals use anti-HIV medications to reduce their risk of becoming infected if they are exposed to the virus. According to iPrEx study  PrEP provides 92% to 99% reduction in HIV risk for HIV-negative individuals who take the pills every day as directed. To …

SHOWCASE March 5, 2015

“2015 UNESCAP Inter-Governmental Meeting on HIV” Experience: A Young Pakistani Perspective

In my opinion, the regional model in cooperation with our partners and network has been fruitful and significant in many aspects.

After three years of making broad regional commitments tackling HIV and AIDS, we as partners and networks from the Asia and the Pacific region met once again this past January 2015 in Bangkok to review the progress of our near finished work and to make some new commitments again at the Inter-Governmental Meeting. In my opinion, the regional model in …