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Asia and the Pacific civil society groups forged the Civil Society Declaration for a just and transformative development agenda towards post-2015 and beyond.


Dear Friends: 

 

We hope this email finds you well! It's time to give you a heads up on what's happening on http://www.ilga.org.  This weekly newsletter is sent to approximately 6064 LBGTI and allied organizations in the world.

 

To post an article on ilga.org, update your group's page, add pictures and a logo on ILGA's directory, apply to become a member of ILGA or renew your membership fees, please log in using antonioguarita@opusgay.org, the email we have for the person acting as contact between ILGA and your group:  Antonio Guarita

 

Below are some of the organizations in our directory and articles uploaded on our website.

 

GROUPS:

 

Anjaree Group

 

Purple Sky Network

 

Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand

 

Raks Thai Foundation

 

Gays Without Borders

 

NEWS:

 

Bangkok Civil Society Declaration: From Inclusive to Just Development(THAILAND) 

Asia and the Pacific civil society groups representing 92 organisations from 21 countries representing various major groups and stakeholders gathered in Bangkok to formulate a just and transformative development agenda towards post-2015 and beyond.

THE OUTSIDERS (OMAN) 

When Haitham (name changed on request) had his first same-sex encounter with his cousin, he was only about eight years old. It was only a few fleeting moments on a camping trip with some family members close to his native village just outside Muscat. “But those few moments continued to haunt my memory for the longest time, said the 23 year old.

Acceptance of lesbian love: Too much to expect? (BANGLADESH) 

Bangladesh, being a dominant Muslim country with a very conservative attitude towards social digresses is possibly a pothole for members of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community. It is safe to say that while the government acknowledges the fact that LGBT rights need to be protected, nothing worthwhile is/will be done about it because of the country’s ‘conservative’ attitude on such matters.

Gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult(PAKISTAN) 

Pakistan is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay - even describing the port city of Karachi as "a gay man's paradise."

The 'invisible democrats' of Pakistan (PAKISTAN) 

“Our problem is that no one listens to us. That is our only problem.” These are the words of just one of Pakistan’s ‘invisible democrats’ — the transgender community that has remained largely unrepresented, exploited, ignored and looked down upon in society.

In a first, Aadhar recognises 1,600 transgender persons (INDIA) 

Transgender been recognised as a separate category under the head of gender, with 1,600 of them getting an Aadhar card (unique identification) in the city. This is probably the first time that an identity card clearly marks their identity as that of a transgender.

EC to transgenders: We want you to vote in the assembly polls (INDIA) 

The Delhi Election Commission is organising special registration camps to enlist voters from marginalised groups such as the transgender community and homeless people for the coming Assembly elections.

 

Plans afoot to help transgenders join mainstream (INDIA) 

In a move widening inclusive policymaking, plans are afoot to draft policies to help transgenders join the mainstream.

 

Sex workers, transgenders largely ignorant of scheme benefits, reveals study (INDIA) 

The first ever study undertaken on sex workers and transgenders’ access to various government welfare schemes in East Godavari district revealed that there is a deep rooted prejudice against the community and the resultant stigma and discrimination coupled with the community’s own lack of knowledge are key bottlenecks in accessing the benefits of welfare schemes.

 

Russia Not Only Country With Anti-Gay Laws (IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF) 

Many other countries, from Iran to Cameroon, have harsh anti-gay laws. Under the penal code of the Islamic Republic of Iran adopted after the 1979 revolution, death is a potential punishment for homosexuality. Kissing another man or woman in public may result in 60 lashes.

 

Science confirms: homosexuality is normal and there is no treatment(LEBANON) 

Helem has held a press conference in cooperation with the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) for exposing the opinion of psychology and psychiatry about. The conference included a speech of the Lebanese Psychology Association (LPA) and a speech of the Lebanese Society of Psychiatry (LPS).

 

Lebanon on course to legalize homosexuality (LEBANON) 

Psychologists agree to be expert witnesses in court to say homosexuality is natural, and so laws against ‘unnatural’ sex acts do not apply. Lebanon is closer to making gay sex legal after psychiatrists and psychologists in the country stated homosexuality was ‘natural’, GSN can reveal.

 

LGBT-affirming churches gather (PHILIPPINES) 

LGBT-affirming churches gather in Hong Kong for the Amplify Asia Conference 2013, founded to help in the development of inclusive churches and ministries in Asia, for them to be effective witnesses for the Gospel, thereby meeting the needs of the LGBT community.

 

4th Kathmandu Gaijatra LGBT Pride Festival draws hundreds (NEPAL) 

The organizers of the 2013 Gaijatra Pride Festival in Nepal have declared the event a ‘grand success’ after around a thousand people took part.

 

A mixed fortune (INDONESIA) 

Despite ongoing harassment from hard-liners, members of Jakarta’s trans sex-worker community are fighting for their rights in a modern Indonesia.

 

Opposition leader accused of using sex as a weapon (SRI LANKA) 

The Southern Provincial Councilor and the Attorney at Law Maithri Gunaratne in an interview to an English language local newspaper has accused that Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe’s homosexual tendencies have affected the party’s progress.

 

Al-Qaeda suspects kill 'gay' man in Yemen: Security sources (YEMEN) 

"Armed Al-Qaeda suspects on a motorbike opened fire on 29-year-old Salem Ahmed Hasan in a market in Huta," capital of the southern province of Lahj, the official said, adding the man died instantly. He said the man was targeted because the attackers thought he was a homosexual.

 

SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS: THAILAND AND VIETNAM (THAILAND) 

What exactly is happening in Thailand and Vietnam on law reform to recognize same-sex relationships? Doug Sanders, back home in Thailand from two weeks in Hanoi, reports.

New Zealand isn’t ready for a gay prime minister, says trans MP Georgina Beyer (NEW ZEALAND) 

Politicians and public figures weigh in on gay MP Grant Robertson’s announcement that he will run for leader of the Labour Party, making him a strong candidate as the country’s PM.

 

TOOLS FOR CHANGE:

 

Job Posting, UN Foundation: Communications Associate, Women, Girls & Population (UNITED STATES) 

http://www.ilga.org/ilga/en/article/og3BJ4R1oh

 

The Communications Associate will assist with all aspects of the implementation of the strategic communications plans for key programmatic initiatives that fall under the work of the Women, Girls & Population portfolio and the Girl Up campaign.

 

Job Opening, UN Foundation: Global Partnerships Officer (UNITED STATES) 

The main area of focus for this position is to manage partnership relations. The Officer also does some partner cultivation (especially related to foundations) and supports the development of internal systems and processes associated with partnerships. The Officer works closely with programs, campaigns and leadership of the UN Foundation to manage corporate, government and foundation partnerships on a day-to-day basis and to identify new partnerships that bring important assets to the organization.

 

Send your news and announcements to JJ Josef at  Este endereço de e-mail está protegido de spam bots, pelo que necessita do Javascript activado para o visualizar . We would also appreciate it if you can help us enrich our directory by  us a list of LGBTI groups in the Asia-Pacific region. 

 

See you next week for another edition of News from Asia and the Pacific.

 

Thank you,

ILGA Communications Team Asia

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