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The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is creating a series of 5 short electronic resources based on common questions trans people ask about transitioning Topics The 5 resources will look at these topics: I think I might be trans Telling others (family, friends, your current partner, school or workmates) Non-medical transition steps (binding, tucking, asking friends to use a different name or pronoun) Medical transition steps (hormones and surgeries) Keeping safe and strong (dealing with bullying and transphobia, feeling good about your identity and your body,...

This year began with such hope for transgender people in Nepal as the government announced citizens could identify as “other” on their passports. We were getting ready to celebrate the issuing of the first of these pioneering passports, when disaster struck the country. Among the thousands of people who were killed by the earthquake which hit the Kathmandu area a little over a month ago, were Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexual and Questioning (LGBTIQ) friends too. Ciatala died when a house...

Bangkok, 17 May 2015 The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is commemorated every May 17th; an important day for the transgender community to raise awareness to the broader society in order to stop transphobia. Emotional, physical and sexual violence experienced by transgender people is the result of transphobia, causing great damage to the community and their loved ones. The number of murder case of transgender people had shown that the largest groups of murdered transgender people are on the age...

Dear friends and colleagues, With heavy hearts, sadness and sense of fear, Blue Diamond Society, on behalf of Nepalese sexual and gender minority communities, sends this updates on aftermath of recent devastating earthquake that hit Nepal hard. You must have heard the news and some information already shared from our founder Sunil babu pant and other colleagues of BDS that LGBTI community are also equally affected if not more. The level of devastation in Nepal is huge and much is still...

This community should be treated as any other human being. Nepal's minister for information and communication has said the government is ready to amend discriminatory legal provisions against sexual minorities. Speaking on Wednesday (4 February) at the first day of a three-day South Asian transgender and hijra consultation in Kathmandu, Minendra Rijal said the government had started the process by issuing passports with a third gender. 'This community should be treated as any other human being,' he said, adding that his party,...

The Federal Court has given the Negeri Sembilan state government permission to appeal an earlier Federal Court of Appeals ruling that makes cross dressing legal in the state. However, the court is limiting arguments to constitutional ones, rejecting interventions from the Islamic State Councils of Selangor, the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpus, Penang, Johor and Perak, as well as UMNO (the malay front of the ruling coalition led by the prime minister). In the January 27 leave hearing, the panel of...

The 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is celebrated today and on November 20 each year in tribute to those transgender men and women who have lost their lives to hate crimes or suffered from prejudice. TDoR began in San Francisco and is now held worldwide, bringing greater visibility to the transgender community and highlighting the hatred and ignorance transgender people face daily. Violence against transgender people is increasing worldwide. A project monitoring transgender violence – Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide...

As a series of transgender-specific events take place in Bangkok, Thailand, representatives from the transgender community, United Nations organisations and USAID have emphasized the need for urgent action to increase focus and positioning of transgender human rights issues within health and HIV responses in the region. Research and data on HIV risk and prevalence among transgender people is limited regionally, but global studies have found that transgender women are 50 times more likely to acquire HIV than adult males and females...

Joe Wong, APTN Programme Manager, delivered a powerful opening statement for the Trans Pre-Conference at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, SA, July 2016. Our movement must be an intersectional one, taking into account the expanse of identities we hold, challenges we face, needs we prioritize, and contexts in which we live. We must focus on what our people need and how they believe those needs should be met. We must center trans voices and promote trans-led initiatives. Today we have...

*UPDATE: Submission extended to 29 March. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 11 April. Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is the first regional transgender network in Asia Pacific region. Our mission is to enable transgender women and men in the Asia and Pacific region to organise and advocate for the improvement of their health, protection of their legal, social and human rights, and enhancement of their social wellbeing and quality of life. APTN is pleased to invite transgender persons to submit...