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 …

PUBLICATIONS November 17, 2016

A Snapshot of the Legal Environment on Same-Sex Sexual Acts and the Rights of Transgender and Intersex Persons in Asia and the Pacific

A Snapshot of the Legal Environment on Same-Sex Sexual Acts and the Rights of Transgender and Intersex Persons in Asia and the Pacific is produced on the occasion of the 28th ILGA World Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The Snapshot provides an overview of the legal environments in the Asia-Pacific region to inform the issues, challenges and opportunities regarding the rights …

SHOWCASE May 10, 2016

Raising the Bar for Progress – Improving the Safety and Well-being of Transgender People in Kerala, India

As a transgender person, Jaisy* is used to harassment but the time she spent in prison in Kerala, India stands out due to the physical and verbal abuse she was forced to endure. “I thought I’d rather die than go through that kind of humiliation,” she exclaimed. “The curiosity among the police officials as to how I am ‘physically’ different …

SHOWCASE March 22, 2016

Long Ride to the Taxi Rank – Progress on Transgender Rights in Kerala, India

“I still remember the day in 2014 when I met with senior Kerala government officials,” recalls Dr Arumugam Vijayaraman, Deputy Director, Voluntary Health Services (VHS) in Chennai, India. “Transgender visibility did not exist at that time in Kerala.” It seemed like it would be a long road ahead for transgender rights and visibility. However, the accelerator has been pushed over …

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 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 …

NEWSROOM December 4, 2015

The Asia Pacific Trans Health Blueprint

Effective advocacies are currently happening around the region for the inclusion and involvement of transgender community, and Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is one of the strong advocates for transgender health and rights in the region. In December 2015, APTN launched The Asia Pacific Trans Health Blueprint as a tool for the work trans health advocates do to improve health …

SHOWCASE November 13, 2015

Limelight: Tamani Rama (Fiji)

Limelight is a series profiling the unsung individual community advocates.

Youth Voices Count’s second Ignite! Mentorship Program was held in Bangkok this month. Young LGBT community advocates from all over Asia attended the five-day workshop designed to enhance their professional development and advocacy work. APCOM had the privilege of speaking to Tamani Rama, 22, a youth trans advocate from Fiji, about what it’s like to be a transgender person in …

SHOWCASE October 30, 2015

Limelight: Meghna Lagan (Nepal)

Limelight is a series profiling the unsung individual community advocates

This year Nepal has taken several historic steps in recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In September the country adopted a constitution which protects LGBTI from discrimination, violence and abuse. This followed another recent decision to provide passports recognizing a third gender.  But what is it like to be a LGBTI in Nepal? Meghna Lama is a …

SHOWCASE August 13, 2015

Assumptions and Principles of HIV Prevention and Care Programming for MSM and Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific

"In Asia and the Pacific, HIV programming for MSM and transgender people continues to be guided by principles that are morally endorsed."

Studies have shown that, in spite of some improvements, current HIV programming for MSM and transgender people is largely failing to reach universal access (UA) targets for these populations. In Asia and the Pacific region, national HIV programming in many low- and middle-income countries continues to exclude or marginalize MSM and transgender people, whereas HIV programmes that do provide services are …