As the coronavirus pandemic has unfurled across the world, the public health crisis has brought with it considerable social and economic aftershocks, which may be felt disproportionately by populations which are likely to be left behind. Aside from the direct risks to physical health, the psychological impacts of COVID-19 also pose significant risks to mental-wellbeing as elevated levels of stress and anxiety are further exacerbated by the ongoing uncertainty of the situation. The discrimination and marginalization experienced by members of young key populations (YKPs) and young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) places them at heightened risk of experiencing mental health…

In Asia and the Pacific, young key populations (YKPs) experience gender-based violence (GBV) and multiple, intersecting discrimination on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, HIV status, economic status, geographical status, religion, migration status, disability, and sexual orientation and gender identity, expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC).

Stigma, discrimination and GBV aggravate HIV and other health threats faced by YKPs. They also obstruct YKPs from accessing vital information and the services they need, including health, social protection and legal services.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people represent some of the most marginalized populations in Asia and the Pacific. Ignorance, intolerance…

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the lives and livelihoods of people everywhere, but the impact is especially severe among people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and marginalized and among people with underlying medical conditions.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to the disruption the pandemic has caused, and many are now at risk of being left behind in education, economic opportunities, and health during a crucial phase of their development. For young key populations (YKPs) — including young people living with HIV, young gay men and other men who have sex with men, transgender youth, young sex workers, young people who use…

COVID-19 is a serious pandemic, unprecedented in our lifetime. The Interagency Task Team (IATT) on Young Key Populations (YKPs) in Asia and the Pacific, concerned about the welfare of young key populations and young people living with HIV and the possibility of severe disruption to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and other related services during COVID-19 outbreak, launched a rapid survey to contribute to mitigating the impact of this pandemic. This survey assesses information needs, medication on hand, and ability to access HIV services and support networks among young key populations and young people living with HIV from Asia and the…

4 March 2020, Chonburi — A new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Thailand delves into the various forms of stigma and discrimination experienced by transgender women, often resulting in violence and abuse, and barriers to accessing employment, education, health care and other social services.

The study, entitled ‘ Stories of Stigma: Exploring Stigma and Discrimination against Thai Transgender People while Accessing Health Care and in Other Settings’, was developed in partnership with Sisters Foundation. …

By Ola Almgren

This Pride Month, the United Nations (UN) in the Philippines stands in solidarity with the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) Filipinos, their families, friends and allies in their pursuit of equality, inclusion and pride.

The struggle for the rights of LGBTQI people is a core part of the struggle for the full and equal enjoyment of human rights by all.

The very first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

All human beings — not some, not…

By Renaud Meyer, UNDP Thailand Resident Representative

Photo: Elyssa Fahndrich via Unsplash

Today, May 17 th, is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This is a day to draw attention to the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people face around the world, including here in Thailand.

LGBT people are part of our families, communities and wider society, but they continue to experience stigma and discrimination, violence, exclusion and denial of fundamental human rights just because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Structural barriers, and discriminatory norms and practices exist, which exclude LGBT persons from fully participating in…

By: Kawisara Limaksorn, Intern with the Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific Programme, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

Kawisara Limaksorn/UNDP

Transgender people are among the most marginalized populations in the world. They experience persistent poverty, social exclusion and poor health outcomes. This is exacerbated when they are required to use an identity document that does not match their gender identity or gender expression. As members of society, transgender people have duties and responsibilities and contribute to society, the same way as any other individual. For example, they help other people, such as donating blood to help injured or unhealthy people; they contribute…

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is proud to welcome Global Affairs Canada as a new partner to the Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific programme, with the signing of an agreement to support work on economic empowerment of lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LBT) women in the Philippines.

Canada’s contribution strengthens community engagement in the research efforts and will be implemented jointly with Galang, a community-based human rights organization that works with lesbian and bisexual women, and trans men in poor urban communities in the Philippines, and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

“The Government of Canada is working with…

Fatema Bhaji (center) speaks on a panel about “tipping points” for LGBTI issues in South Asia. Photo: Salzburg Global Seminar/ProVision Photography.

1 March 2019 — In order to end discrimination and achieve broad acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people across South Asia, coordinated and strategic advocacy efforts to advance both social and legal reforms are needed, said participants at a global forum in Kathmandu this week.

Forty-six LGBTI advocates from 17 countries joined the week-long Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, aimed at advancing legal and social equality for LGBTI people in South Asia. …

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Being LGBTI in Asia is a regional programme promoting inclusion of LGBTI people and addressing inequality, violence and discrimination.

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