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Dear friends of APTN,

This Summer ended very fast with plenty of activities and events. We joined the ILGA Asia Joint Statement on Afghanistan, we spoke at the Copenhagen 2021 Worldpride (watch the recording!). Read also our 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 August and upcoming events.

Stay safe stay healthy ❤


Joint Statement on Afghanistan: Protect Women, Children, LGBTIQ & Other Vulnerable Persons

We, the undersigned organisations working to advance the human rights of persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) call for the protection of women, children, LGBTIQ people and other vulnerable persons in Afghanistan.

Since 15 August, the Taliban-led takeover of Kabul’s Presidential Palace and the abrupt collapse of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s government raises concerns over human rights and the safety of marginalised groups in the country. Besides LGBTIQ people and people of diverse SOGIESC, women, persecuted religious minorities, journalists and human rights defenders have come under threat, and many have gone into hiding out of fear.

Advocacy on Human Rights Among Youth in Malaysia – Addressing Transphobia and Violence against Transgender persons

Unimas Business School and Taiwan Foundation for Democracy is hosting an International ONLINE Webinar on Advocacy on Human Rights Among Youth in Malaysia: Addressing Transphobia and Violence Against Transgender Persons which will be held ONLINE on Sept 11 & 12, 2021. The first ever conference of this nature in Malaysia. The virtual conference focuses on innovative ideas and on societal challenges on transphobia and transgender violence.

DATE: 11-12 September
Impact of COVID19 on the LGBTI+ Community @ Copenhagen 2021 Human Rights Conference

Watch the recording of our session “Plenary #1: Impact of COVID19 on the LGBTI+ Community”at @cph2021’s Human Rights Conference led by @kaleidoscopetrust. The international hybrid (online/remote) session focus on what the COVID19 pandemic has meant for LGBTI+ communities globally and how we can, as a movement, make sure that the pathway towards recovery is equitable and inclusive of LGBTI+ persons and their specific needs.
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.
Thailand Opportunity - OSSMEP x Unilever: Suppliers Diversity & Inclusion Project

The Office of SMEs Promotion (OSMEP) and Unilever Thailand are pleased to launch an Inclusivity Business Partnership Program to support gender equality and social inclusivity according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

Unilever offer diverse SMEs, with >51% owned, managed and controlled by Women, LGBTQI+, Disability, and Minority Ethnicities, the opportunity for a potential business partnership with global corporate such as Unilever.

Deadline: 30 September 2021

📢 #Conference: The 25th Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health - “Leave no one Behind”

WAS works to promote sexual health for all. Sexual health is a goal not only for the clinicians. It is the common goal of many disciplines. Sexuality education is meant to foster human development and facilitate sexually healthy lives for people at all stages of the life cycle. Interventions in clinical sexology have the goal of promoting, maintaining and restoring sexual health. Sex research is involved in the creation of evidence-based knowledge that supports others to attain and maintain sexual health.

Date:9-12 September 2021 (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.



📢 #CallforApplications: The Sustained Health Initiatives of the Philippines - SHIP , is a non-stock, non-profit organization with the mission of bridging gaps in the HIV response through capacity building of providers, innovation in service delivery, and improving the continuum of care. 


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!)

Nepal - Blue Diamond Society - 18th LGBTIQA+ Pride and Gaijatra celebration
Malaysia - Seed Malaysia - Trans Solidarity Fund
Pakistan - Pakistan Opens a Groundbreaking School Run by Trans Teachers, for Trans Students
Thailand - Tangerine Clinic - Two Thai clinics provide exemplary models of trans-centred care, researchers say
Singapore - Multiple groups - Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights to be adopted in September.

Photo: Blue Diamond Society
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