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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...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5618" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Learning Guide: The Global Fund Processes for Transgender Communities The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund (RCNF) is the first international ‘pooled’ fund that specifically aims to strengthen international networks around the world in the area of HIV. In 2014, RCNF entered into a partnership with the Global Fund to expand and strengthen meaningful engagement of key populations and women across Global Fund related processes and platforms. APTN was one of the grant recipients of RCNF’s Global...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5316" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Views of Transgender Persons & Hijras Associated with The Global Fund Program, in India The authors, working for Pehchan, conducted a series of interviews with their colleagues to understand the impact of programming and funds provided by the Global Fund on transgender people in India. The interviews, either in local language or English, were done through a structured questionnaire that focused on four main components: personal history, trans scenario in India, Global Fund Program experiences, and specific...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5616" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Asia and the Pacific Transgender Organisation Mapping Report: Finding Our Place. Finding Our Voice. APTN ‘Finding Our Place, Finding Our Voice’ mapping report 2015 is the first attempt for the regional network to map out the transgender organization in Asia and Pacific. In the effort of the report, APTN has been able to reflect crucial needs, priorities, and capture the work that was being done by the community for the community of transgender people with limited resources. The...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5614" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] APTN Fact Sheets: Being Trans in Asia and the Pacific. “I think I might be Trans and other resources” These resources have been created by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) for trans people, their families, friends and colleagues. There are some huge gaps in the information available to trans people across Asia and the Pacific. APTN asked its members to share the most common questions they are asked in their country. Those issues are covered in...