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Dear friends of APTN,

Hope you all had a nice October, there are many events and opportunities coming soon! from the very first Asia Path Conference, the new ITF 6th cycle, HERO AWARDS and more. The GCRI-SOGI survey is still open, please submit or share it to your communities! Also APTN is hiring for a brand new project.. more details for 2022, stay tuned!

Stay safe stay healthy ❤


AsiaPATH – Asian Professional Association for Transgender Health

The first virtual transgender health conference in Asia to increase healthcare providers knowledge and understanding of transgender competent care to discuss the boarder transgender health and human rights situations faced by communities and to share successful model, practise and lessen learned in the region. 

Date: November 18-19, 2021

Call for Applications – International Trans Fund 6th grant cycle

SEED Grant (1-year)

The SEED grant is a 1-year general support and/or project grant for trans-led organizations that have never been funded by the ITF, or that prefer to apply for this grant instead of the THRIVE Grant. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000 USD/year.

THRIVE Grant (1-year)

The THRIVE grant is a 1-year general support grant ONLY for trans-led organizations that have been previously funded by the ITF and are in good standing. Grants range from $25,000 to $50,000 USD/year.

The deadline to apply is December 5, 2021 at 5pm (ET/New York time). 
GCRI-SOGI – Global COVID-19 Research Initiative on SOGI – On going

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.
International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation (21 October 2021)

On the International Day of Action for Trans Depathologisation, hear some of the voices from our community and partners around the World 🌏

"We know we can struggle to pronounce the word, and you may even wonder what this is about. Pathologising people means seeing them as if they have a disease, and using this as a reason to limit their rights. Even when there’s nothing to fix in them. For trans people, pathologisation happens through a large series of medical and social process that are interlinked with legal processes.
Like requiring a psychiatric diagnosis to access specific healthcare, or forcing us to undergo medical interventions before our identity documents can reflect our gender correctly. The list goes on. Depathologisation means trans people are no longer considered as having a disorder, nor having their rights limited because of that. Still not clear? Think of depathologisation as a path. A path to trans justice."

Chamindra Weerawardhana, Consultant - GIESC Programme, ILGA World

[Job Opportunities] Trans Health Hub – Web Development, Web Design, Web Design UX

APTN will establish an online learning hub/platform to host trans health specific information in the Asia Pacific Region, such as a map/directory of trans-competent and trans-friendly healthcare providers, our Trans Health and Rights Modules, and community resources including our Trans COMP CBM Tools, and Trans Health Factsheets. APTN is seeking proposal for the following roles:

1. Trans Health Hub - Web Development
2. Trans Health Hub - Web Design
3. Trans Health Hub - Web Design UX

📢 #Event: HERO Awards 2021 Community Partners APN+, APTN and ILGA Asia Unveil much anticipated honourees list

APCOM together with community partners, APN+, Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and ILGA Asia unveils the first list of honourees for HERO Awards 2021, for Community Hero, HIV Hero and Transgender Hero categories, after months of nominations and reviews.

APN+ have chosen two honourees for the HIV Hero category, APTN have chosen three honourees for the Transgender Hero category, and ILGA Asia have chosen three honourees for the Community Hero category.

Date: This year the HERO Awards ceremony will take place online on Friday 26 November 2021.


Co-Impact: Gender Fund 2021

This open call is an invitation to Global South and locally-rooted organizations – civil society groups, think-tanks and academic institutions, professional associations and networks, women’s rights groups, and feminist and allied movements, among others. Through this Fund, Co-Impact will support initiatives that are working to make systems just and inclusive and advance women’s leadership at all levels. We invite you to apply and join us in moving towards the common goal of transforming systems for women and girls to rise and thrive in leadership positions at all levels – in the household, in their communities and the highest national institutions.

The deadline for submission is 20 December 2021.


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.



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

Asia Pacific - Intersex Asia - Intersex Awareness Day - 26 October
Indonesia - Erik's Comics -  Was Never Alone - In finding others like me, I found myself
Philippines - SKPA - Campaign for a SaferNow Philippines continues
Nepal - Rukshana's book - Civil Society’s Proposal for Gender Identity Bill in Nepal
Singapore - Oogachaga - Universal Periodic Review results

Photo: SKPA Philippines
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