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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PRESS RELEASE  29 June 2018   The second  UN Trans Advocacy Week gathered together 23 trans and gender diverse human rights defenders from 19 countries for the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. This historic event was a joint initiative by a  trans-led collaborative work, centering trans activism and issues at this  significant, global arena. It was organized by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="6659" img_size="medium" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]Bangkok, Thailand   The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is pleased to announce the selection of Joe Wong as its Executive Director effective immediately. The appointment was made after a highly subscribed search and recruitment process.   “We’re exceptionally pleased that Joe has taken on this leadership role,” said Phylesha Brown-Acton, Co-Chair of the Regional Steering Committee. “His broad knowledge of trans issues coupled with years of experience working communities in the region, and past contributions to the growth of the...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type="flexslider_slide" interval="3" images="6505,6508" img_size="" onclick=""][vc_column_text]Model Transgender Employment Policy negotiating for inclusive workplaces from the Transgender Law Center provides resources and information about ways to make the workplace more inclusive. This model policy and guide will clarify the law and help your company welcome and include transgender, gender non-conforming, and transitioning employees. Below is a sample policy1 that your company can use as the basis for creating your own inclusive policy to ensure transgender, gender non-conforming, and transitioning employees feel safe...

Joint Statement on Trans Advocacy Week at the UN Human Rights Council 35th Session Sixteen trans and gender diverse activists from fifteen countries across all regions of the world - including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, North America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean - participated in the first Trans Advocacy Week at the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. This historical event was a joint initiative organized by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Global Action for...

In concert with the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation on 22 October 2016, the Asia Pacific Transgender Network has developed the following discussion paper on the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) within the World Health Organisation in relation to transgender issues to help local trans activists in the region understand the classification system and prepare to engage the revision process for the ICD. The ICD is now in edition 10 (ICD-10) and edition...

The mandate of the new UN Special Rapporteur on SOGI is being challenged. All UN member states get a vote - so make sure your government hears from you! In opposition to the resolution challenging the Special Rapporteur, APTN has released a joint statement with our partners, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, Pacific Sexual Diversity Network, ILGA Asia, and APCOM. Joint Statement: Defend the Human Rights Council Resolution On June 30th 2016 the United Nation Human Rights Council for the first time adopted the...

LGBTI activists from Asia and the Pacific welcome the decision of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the protection of the human rights of LGBTI people around the world, while reaffirming the legitimate mandates of the Human Rights Council. On 21 November, the UNGA rejected a move that aims to weaken the legitimately established Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IESOGI). Resolution A/C.3/71/L.46 (2016) proposed to postpone the IESOGI mandate pending UN investigation into...

On Monday, December 19th, a group of states attempted to halt the mandate of the Independent Expert on the “protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). The position of Independent Expert in SOGI was created by the passing of UN Human Rights Council resolution A/HRC/RES/32/2 in June of this year and is held by Vitit Muntarbhorn, a Thai human rights expert. The Independent Expert began his work in November. The first attempt to block...

Trans activists from 5 continents met with the newly-appointed UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (IE SOGI), Dr. Vitit Muntarbhorn, on 26 January 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland to bring special attention to the issues facing trans and gender diverse people and communities around the world. This was a historic meeting. It was the first discussion convened specifically by and for trans-led organisations in order to interact with UN Special Procedures. The IE SOGI mandate has experienced significant...

Bangkok, September 22, 2015 The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is pleased to announce the new Thai Foundation Board and Regional Steering Committee. Please join us in welcoming our new Thai Foundation Board Members: Kath Khangpiboon; Thitiyanun Nakpor; Rena Janamnuaysook. And Regional Steering Committee Members: Abhina Aher (India); Phylesha Brown-Acton (New Zealand); Nada Chaiyajait (Thailand); Chase Go Tolentino (Philippines); Sulique Waqa (Fiji). As a registered organization, APTN has a Thai Foundation board that oversee the finances and assets of the Foundation. They are legally responsible for presenting activity reports, financial report,...