SHOWCASE May 5, 2017

Spotlight: Saksham Trust (India)

Founded in 2009, Saksham Trust has been advocating for the rights and well-being of transgender communities in Chandigarh and Punjab. There are 2,000 transgender people, of whom 1000 were enrolled with the organisation. Saksham Trust is located in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, in short distance between one to another provide good health care to the community but the attendance to …

SHOWCASE March 15, 2017

Spotlight: Parwaz Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Parwaz Male Health Society (PMHS) is a community based organization (CBO) with the mission to improve the sexual health, welfare and human rights for men who have sex with men (MSM) and their partners in Karachi, Pakistan. Founded in 2012, PMHS provides psychosocial counseling, clinical STI screening and treatment, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) and Mobile VCT for HIV, referral/registration …

SHOWCASE March 15, 2017

Spotlight: Humraz Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Founded in 2012, Humraz Male Health Society is a very first community-led organization service delivery point that exists to improve the sexual health, welfare and human rights for males who have sex with males and their partners in Hyderabad, Sindh. Humraz does this by providing services which include volunteer counseling and testing, sexually transmitted infection diagnosis and treatment, psychosocial counseling, distribution …

SHOWCASE August 22, 2016

Spotlight: Dareecha Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Based in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Dareecha Male Health Society (Dareecha) has experience working with the MSM community since 2012. Dareecha was officially registered in June 2015 and started working as an independent CBO in January 2016. Comprising of 15 staffs, Dareecha is one of the country recipients of the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA), in which APCOM acts …

SHOWCASE August 22, 2016

Spotlight: Pireh Male Health Society (Pakistan)

Based in Larkana, Sind Province, Pakistan, Pireh Male Health Society (Pireh) has been in operation since the beginning of 2012. More than 14,000 MSM and almost 2,500 transgender people have been beneficiaries of different services offered by the organisation, such as BCC, STI diagnosis and syndromic management, distribution of condoms and water-based lubricants, VCT services, awareness on HIV, STI and …

SHOWCASE August 17, 2016

Spotlight: Gisneyland, Taiwan

Does it sound crazy to create a theme park that promotes sexual health and rights? Not according to Gisneyland! Yes, you heard it right. Named similarly after “the happiest place on earth,” Gisneyland is a community organisation providing various health services – and sometimes in a form of  a theme park! – to young LGBT individuals in Hsinchu, Taiwan. We sat down with Gisneyland Director …

SHOWCASE January 23, 2016

Spotlight: Bandhu Social Welfare Society

Bandhu Social Welfare Society, often called Bandhu, envisions a Bangladesh where every person, irrespective of their gender and sexuality, is able to lead a quality life with dignity, human rights and social justice. Bandhu has more than 19 years of experience implementing health and rights-based programmes and projects through multiple funding agencies focusing on issues related to marginalized sexual and …

SHOWCASE December 23, 2015

Spotlight: Khawaja Sira Society (Pakistan)

Pakistan's first and largest hijra organisation has set a remarkable path for the well-being of Pakistani hijra communities.

In 2009, the Pakistan Supreme Court officially recognized hijras as a third gender, allowing their third gender certification on their national ID and ability to vote in the election. However, this “monumental progress” is still far from achieving equality in the larger context. Trans citizens are still having difficulty to access education and employment in both private and public sectors. …

SHOWCASE April 30, 2015

Spotlight: The Humsafar Trust, India

Formed in 1994, The Humsafar Trust is the oldest LGBTQ organization in India. Based in Mumbai, the organisation was founded by Ashok Row Kavi, a reputed journalist and activist at a time when there was no talk and no national level movement for LGBT human rights. Today, Humsafar is one of the leading organizations covering the spectrum of sexual minorities …

SHOWCASE April 30, 2015

Spotlight: Lhak-Sam (BNP+), Bhutan

Lhak-Sam Bhutan Network of Positive People, often shortened as Lhak-Sam, is the first and only network of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Bhutan – the landlocked South Asian kingdom. Registered officially as a civil society organisation in 2010, Lhak-Sam’s initial goal is to promote and provide leadership, education and capacity building for people living with HIV and their families. A home …