SHOWCASE August 6, 2019

THAI HUMAN RIGHTS HERO PROF. VITIT MUNTARBHORN HONOURED WITH BRITISH KNIGHTHOOD

APCOM proudly congratulates eminent LGBTI human rights advocate Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn on recently being awarded the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) for his significant contribution to international human rights. Prof. Muntarbhorn is the second Thai person in history to receive the honour. Prof. Muntarbhorn is a distinguished scholar of the Faculty of Law at …

NEWSROOM July 9, 2019

APCOM restructure Update

As part of our year of consolidation, we undertook a difficult restructure to better align our organisation with our Strategic Framework, as well as the realities of funding that has become more limited and project-based. We are undertaking a comprehensive review and we implemented a range of new measures to ensure the most efficient and effective delivery of our programmes …

REGIONAL July 3, 2019

Bhutan celebrates Pride month with decriminalising gay sex

Bhutan’s National Assembly has begun the process of decriminalising gay sex in early June. To explain the issues and process, we have 26 years old Tashi Tsheten who is currently heading Rainbow Bhutan, a network of individuals with diverse sexuality, gender identity and expression formed in 2015 as an advocate network for HIV and now includes broader and diverse needs of …

REGIONAL July 3, 2019

Taiwan Celebrates Pride Month

Taiwan have passed a same-sex marriage bill in May, making it the first place in Asia to bring in gay marriage. Chi Chia Wei, Taiwan’s acclaimed LGBT rights campaigner who led the country’s recently successful charge for marriage equality. He was a winner of the APCOM’s HERO Awards Community Hero category in 2017 gives his reaction.  – How did you react when you heard the …

ADVOCACY June 20, 2019

Inter-Regional Dialogue presents status quo of key population’s engagements with the Global Fund’s sustainability, transition and co-financing

19 June 2019, Bangkok,Thailand – APCOM releases a report resulting from the recently held Inter-Regional Dialogue on Global Fund’s Sustainability, Transition and Co-Financing (STC). Titled “Framing the Status Quo”, the document aims to provide the current state of key population’s and Country Coordinating Mechanism’s (CCM) understanding and engagement with the Global Fund’s STC Policy. According to the report, key population …

ADVOCACY June 19, 2019

Working with the Global Fund in Nepal

We luckily got two community representatives on the Global Fund Co-ordination Mechanism (CCM) for Nepal, Raju Lama and Pareena who willing to share their challenges which they have been experiencing to perform their function effectively. Their concrete recommendations would help you and community members to meaningfully engage with CCM and Global Fund. Here are their stories: Interviewee: Raju  1) What …

ADVOCACY June 5, 2019

APCOM Ambassador: Okkar’s apology

APCOM has appointed Mr. Okkar Min Maung its new Community Ambassador. However, there was a concern regarding his appointment pertaining to his casting in a film portraying LGBT people in a bad light. Okkar has sincerely apologised for any distress or offense that his work as an actor in one of many films has caused. He states that the film in question was made …

REGIONAL June 5, 2019

Pacific Issues For HIV/AIDS

In the lead up to the recent ILGA World Conference in New Zealand, APCOM partnered with the Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN) and Haus of Khameleon to conduct a pre-conference session focusing on opportunities to end HIV among people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). The session also considered how collaboration could be strengthened between …

NEWSROOM June 5, 2019

GAY GAMES: Game Show that Gays Must Not Miss

This May, testBKK, APCOM’s HIV testing campaign targeting young gay men in Bangkok, has released GAY GAMES, a web-based game reality show to promote HIV testing uptakes and key sexual health knowledges among young Thai gay men. GAY GAMES’ 5 episodes feature myriads of gay men in Bangkok from different communities which portray a diversity of gay lifestyles and interests …

NEWSROOM June 5, 2019

ENGAGING THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Engaging financial institutions including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the private sector towards LGBTQI inclusion, and bringing the voices of the LGBTQI communities to these discussions are overarching goals of Finance Inc., a project being implemented by APCOM and our country partner organizations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, and the Philippines. Anchored on the principles of equality and non-discrimination …