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BANGKOK, Monday 4th April 2016 – Thai trans community healthcare workers, health and rights activists, academics, and representatives from partner organisations gather today in the event “Demanding Care: Transgender Health Discrimination in Thailand” where the video “Demanding Care: Stories of Transgender Healthcare Discrimination in Thailand” is launched and accompanied by a panel “Trans Discrimination and Legal Protection”. “I am excited to host this event. Trans health and discrimination issues are of utmost importance in improving Thai society. Thailand should focus on...

This is an open letter to the World Health Organization (WHO), an agency of the United Nations, from researchers and clinicians working in trans health and rights regarding proposed revisions to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Version 11 (ICD-11) that relate to healthcare for trans adults and adolescents, as well as gender diverse (GD) children. We commend WHO for proposed revisions that would move diagnostic categories related to gender transition processes (currently ICD-10’s “F64 Gender identity...

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...

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...

[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...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5608" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Blueprint for the Provision of Comprehensive Care For Trans People The Asia Pacific Trans Health Blueprint is a tool for the work we all do to improve health and human rights for trans people and trans communities. It is a comprehensive, accessible trans health reference document for trans community advocates, health professionals, policymakers, and those who design or deliver services to trans people. The Blueprint provides information about the current health and human rights situation for trans people...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5592" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Agenda in Transition: Advancing Actions to Secure the Health and Rights of Transgender People in Asia and the Pacific Transgender people in Asia and the Pacific face many challenges in claiming their rights in general, and specifically their right to health care. Through capacity building the transgender community can be empowered to promote transgenderpositive attitudes and advocate for competent, comprehensive and accessible health services. In order to identify priority actions for the health and rights of transgender people...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5587" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region The report aims to provide a research framework to guide governments, civil society, donors and key stakeholders to design and produce relevant research as part of collective effort to reduce the extreme vulnerability of transgender people to HIV, while protecting their rights in the Asia-Pacific Region. The conceptualization and development process underlying this report arose out of two meetings: the Asia Pacific Regional Dialogue of...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5581" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] Regional assessment of HIV, STI and other health needs of transgender people in Asia and the Pacific There has been ongoing concern by MSM and transgender organizations that the transgender community in Asia and the Pacific has been ignored. At the request of transgender delegates at the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific held in Busan, Republic of Korea, and in line with contextualizing implementation of the WHO global and regional guidance for HIV...