Asia and the Pacific Voices: International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization

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The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is proud to participate in this year’s International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization. The medicalisation and pathologisation of trans identities has far-reaching effects on the rights and lives of people all over the world. APTN is among many human rights advocates, local and international organisations, academics and health officials advocating for the depathologisation of trans identities. Through Asia and the Pacific, trans and gender nonconforming people are subject to discrimination, the reduction and elimination of rights and continued societal injustice due to the treatment of trans identities as disordered.

This year, APTN has worked closely with trans communities throughout Asia and Pacific to encourage regional dialogue on depathologisation. APTN partnered with trans organisations in Indonesia, Singapore, Timor Leste, and Malaysia to develop country workshops about the history of the International Classification of Diseases terminology and the impact of pathologisation on trans people’s access to transitional and primary health care.

For this year’s International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation, we invited members from the trans community in various countries in Asia and the Pacific to share their experiences with how the pathologisation of trans identities has touched their lives and the lives of trans communities in their country. In most cases, we are sharing these stories in their local languages and in English to improve the depth and participation in this day of action and its vital efforts to promote trans human rights. The stories share today are from friends in Pakistan, Thailand, and Nepal that are working to organise and advocate for a society that upholds dignity, protection, and justice for trans communities.

Please feel free to share your story or any comments about how pathologisation has impacted your life or the life of ones you love at

Show your support for depathologisation by adding a special filter to your Facebook profile that says ‘Being trans Is not a disease” in different languages below!

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