Being LGBT in Asia

IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are posting this press release from UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre and the US Agency for International Development.

Bangkok, 10 December 2012—On this International Human Rights Day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development, Regional Development Mission Asia (USAID Asia) are launching the first joint regional analysis of the social and legal context of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Southeast and East Asia.

"Being LGBT in Asia: A Participatory Review and Analysis of the Legal and Social Environment for LGBT Civil Society” aims to understand not only the contexts faced by LGBT people; it will also address LGBT organizations, the space they operate in, and their capacity to engage on human rights and policy dialogues. This initiative will examine laws and policies, access to justice and health services, cross-border partnerships, and the role of new technologies to support LGBT advocates.

LGBT people in many parts of Asia live where social and legal environments remain far from inclusive. Understanding the contexts of discrimination, stigma, and rights deprivation on LGBT communities remains a challenge. This innovative joint analysis will focus on engaging and understanding LGBT communities and supporters throughout Southeast and East Asia with a view towards policies that are inclusive and supportive of the human rights of LGBT peoples, especially in the rapidly changing development and social environments in the region.

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