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Dear friends of APTN,

Hope you all had a nice September, we have some good news from the recent Universal Periodic Review of Singapore's Government, which accepted some of the recommendations made by some United Nation State Members. We hope to see more and more countries joining in with these submission! Read also our APTN 2021 - First half of the year recap as we have more upcoming conferences and new opportunities next month.

Here's a round up of the latest updates of September and upcoming events.

Stay safe stay healthy ❤



Some important updates regarding the recent Singapore support at the Universal Periodic Review this year with United Nations member states.

There were 3 different joint reports made by several LGBTQ organizations, Sayoni IndigNation SG, Prout, The Healing Circle SG, Young OUT Here, Oogachaga, Pink Dot SG, and #WeAreAPTN on:

1. Transgender Issues
2. Violence and Discrimination against LGBTQ persons
3. Key Issues impacting Singapore LGBTQ community.

Leaving No One Behind: Decriminalization of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The LGBTI Core Group will hold a high-level discussion during the high-level segment of the 76th session of the General Assembly to address the need to end the criminalization of same sex relations and trans identities in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda. As long as a part of the world's population is criminalized simply for who they are or who they love, we will not be able to fully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.LGBTI persons experience discrimination and exclusion based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics, real or perceived, in all corners of the globe. 

DATE: 22 September
GCRI-SOGI – Global COVID-19 Research Initiative on SOGI – New Website

The GCRI-SOGI is a global research initiative launched by a collective of 21 LGBTQ+ organisations from across the globe. The study hopes to investigate the ways in which LBGTQ+ individuals, activists/advocates, and organisations have been affected by the shifting landscape brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a vulnerable and marginalised community, we recognise that the unique experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals may not be effectively captured or reported upon.
The Discrimination of Trans Women during the Covid 19 Pandemic in Indonesia

Our friends Manushya Foundation made this comic about the increase of discrimination faced by Transwomen during the COVID-19 pandemic in #Indonesia
Transgenders in Indonesia experience difficulties in accessing public services and COVID-19 vaccination programmes because they dont own identity cards or E-KTP.
Hopefully, the Directorate General Population and Civil Registration recently issued a policy on identity cards for transgenders.

📢 #Conference: The world's first online conference examining and celebrating the intersection of Asexual identities and Asia" PanACEa, 2021

PanACEa aims to create space for voices, to look at emergent trends and traditional notions, to enable an exchange of knowledge, thought-leadership and creative understanding, and to build a community to examine and celebrate Asexuality in Asia. Across the seven days of the conference, we will bring together speakers, researchers, thinkers, activists, artists, and performers. We will open avenues for debate, discussion and discourse through Panel Discussions and Presentations. And we will sing and celebrate our diversity through Community-building, Cultural Exchange And Social Events. And all of this will be held online, enabling participation from all corners of the globe.

Date:25-31 October (Virtual Conference)

2021 First Half in Review – TDOV, Covid 19 Trans Resilience, Transgender Advocacy Week and more

Dear friends of APTN,
as we continue with our second year of Covid 19 Pandemic, here’s some of the highlights of the latest activities, events, workshop, campaigns for this first half of the year.


[Job Opportunity] Video Development for Online Health Module

📢 APTN seeks a contractor to produce four videos, each less than 6 minutes in length, to complement an online learning module currently being developed. The learning modules and videos will serve to increase provider knowledge about trans-inclusive health services and strengthen their healthcare service provision. 


Sharing some of the latest updates from our Commmunity and Partners around the region (Feel free to send us and we will share in our next Newsletter!)

Queer East Festival - An LGBTQ+ film festival that showcases rarely-seen queer cinema from East and Southeast Asia and its diaspora (UK)
Malaysia - Seed Malaysia - Trans Covid19 Vaccinations for the Community
Pakistan - H.O.P.E. - Khursand - A Retreat for Youth Human Rights Defender
Mongolia - LGBT Center -  Completed our assessment of the future sustainability and current status of the LGBT Center
Vietnam - Lighthouse - Perspective, the determinants and the needs for access to and utilization of sexual health services among young key populations in Vietnam

Photo: LGBT Center - Mongolia
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