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Dear friends of APTN,

We hope you are safe and healthy during this July. The Trans Advocacy Week ended just a couple of weeks ago, read our closing joint statement below. We have more upcoming conferences and opportunities in August!

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


Trans rights at the UN: activists and States chart ways forward

Geneva, 20 July 2021 – At the close of the 47th Human Rights Council and the 5th UN Trans Advocacy Week,* we have seen a significant increase in diplomatic missions engaging with issues relating to trans rights. A momentous statement on protecting trans people’s rights was released by 27 states under the newly formed Group of Friends of the mandate of the UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. 

Virtual Conference: Converging Crises in Transgender Activism, Health, and Rights in 2021 by TPATH

TPATH invite you to register for and participate in the inaugural conference of the Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health, the first international conference created by and for transgender healthcare professionals, entitled Converging Crises: Transgender Health, Rights, and Activism in 2021.

Date: Fri Jul 30, 2021 12:00 AM – Sun Aug 1, 2021 11:45 PM SST

Launch of the Global COVID-19 Research Initiative on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (GCRI-SOGI) survey

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.
An Affirmation of Feminist Principles – Sign on the Letter

Join us in committing to continuously learning and deepening our collective understanding of intersectionality, feminism, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and non-binary people, unlearning internalized patterns of sexism, racism and colonialism, and challenging unjust power structures and systems of oppression, including in ourselves and in our own movements.
Job Opportunity - APTN Communications Manager

The Communications Manager will lead the research and discovery process, consult with stakeholders to understand our unique audiences, facilitate discussions designed to develop comprehensive communication and advocacy strategies and ensure our brand and values are represented in all forms of communications. You’ll develop a communications framework to increase the engagement of our community, partners, supporters, and donors, by designing and executing thoughtful and inspiring experiences that connect them with their impact through a variety of strategic communication channels and tools. 

Deadline: 6 August 2021

Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride & EuroGames - Human Rights Conference

Human rights defenders and activists from all over the globe will gather physically and digitally in Copenhagen. The three-day conference is open for human rights defenders and activists, elected officials, academics, NGOs, media, Pride organizers and sports leaders in the field of LGBTI+ rights, and anybody else interested in the more in-depth LGBTI+ cause. 

Date: 17/18/19 August 2021


Since 2015 AmplifyChange has run four Network funding rounds, awarding 93 Network grants. The purpose of a Network grant is to contribute to the development of stronger and more inclusive movements advocating for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Date: 3 to 26 August 2021


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!)

India - Vihaan and Diti - Understanding experiences of Transgender persons under expanding militarism
Malaysia - Seed Malaysia - Trans Solidarity Fund
Philippines - Jaya Jacobo - “Where Her Breast Wasn’t There”: Transfemininity and the Philippine Modern
Samoa - So Far - Young Fa’afafine in Public Sector: Keli Tuatagaloa Laban
Singapore - Transgender SG - Challenges Facing Singapore’s Transgender Community – A qualitative review

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