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In 2018, trans and gender diverse activists will come together twice in the space of 1 month to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) and to call for another International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization (October 21). This concurrence speaks loudly and clearly about the past, present and future of our communities and movements. This past June 2018, the World Health Organization announced the completion of the process of revision and reform of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)....

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Reflection by Mitch Yusof I was invited to attend the 2nd Asia Pacific Rainbow Family Forum in Hong Kong, 11th – 13th May 2018, which coincided with the International Family Equality Day (IFED) and International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) and it was certainly a refreshing new experience. Let’s face it, most of us who are activists or advocates, are oriented to action, with the usual focus is on “what’s out there”, and we usually put aside our own personal...

  The Asia and Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) was launched in 2009, when a group of transgender women from various Asia and Pacific countries came together to champion the health, legal and social rights of trans women. In 2011, a trans man drew attention to the need to advocate for trans men and joined the APTN Board. Over the years, APTN has worked to build relationships with trans communities, organizations, governments, healthcare providers and other key stakeholders throughout the region. APTN’s...

  APTN would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Abhina Aher for serving on the Regional Steering Committee of APTN.   Abhina has a long involvement with APTN and was engaged in the founding dialogues of APTN. Abhina was nominated and served in APTN’s first Regional Steering Committee for the past three years. Abhina had significant involvement with the development of APTN’s Blueprint, initiating regional dialogue surrounding Global Fund activities and the transgender health consultation. She has been working on...

Forums for Dignity (FDI) Pakistan released an official statement and review on trans inclusion for election 2018 in Pakistan with you all. It has been very encouraging to see transgender citizens participating in political and electoral process despite some administrative gaps and challenges they faced through out. FDI's #Transvote campaign has been one of the highlights for this entire phase of transgender electoral process and attracted the attention of all major media outlets including BBC, Reuters, Aljazeera, Guardian, APF, and many...

  APTN would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Sulique Waqa for serving on the Regional Steering Committee of APTN.   Sulique joined APTN’s Regional Steering Committee in 2015 and has worked closely with the APTN secretariat and Thai Foundation Board to provide her unique insight to achieve APTN’s goals and strengthen the transgender movement in the region.   Sulique is an important member of APTN and contributed greatly to carrying out the work that APTN has done including providing input to the...

Consultancy Title: Legal Gender Recognition (LGR) National Consultant in Fiji – Conduct a legal and policy assessment on legal gender recognition in Fiji Location: Fiji (open to Fiji nationals or those residing in Fiji only) Organization: Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) Language Required: English Duration and Length of Contract: 20 working days within August 2018 to March 2019 Application Deadline: 17 August 2018 Project and Reference: US-DRL / S-LMAQM-17-GR-1190   Background:   The Pacific, particularly Polynesia, has a long history of gender diversity including culturally specific terms such as Fa’afafine (Samoa),...

    AIDS 2018 is a week away! The conference consists of hundreds of events and incredible opportunities to learn about the work that is being done by communities, researchers, academics, and government throughout the world. We’ve collected some details on the sessions and workshops that are led by and concerning our trans global family as well as starring (*)  the sessions that focus on the Asia and Pacific region.   You can view the full conference schedule online.   If you would like to get in...

In June 2018, over 120 people from the Asia and the Pacific Region came to Bangkok to participate in the Pride in the Humanitarian System Conference. The conference included humanitarian actors, community consultations, and action planning on how to promote LGBTIQ rights in resilience-building, response, and recovery interventions in humanitarian settings. The Pride In The Humanitarian System conference was produced by a range of Asia Pacific HIV and LGBTIQ community networks as well as various international agencies, and the organising coalition...