Call for Abstracts: Investing in Innovations and Action - A Regional Dialogue on LGBT Rights and Health in the Asia-Pacific

Dec 19, 2013

Are you:

A citizen of an Asian or Pacific country who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or other sexual or gender minority?

Have you faced discrimination, stigma, harassment, or bullying because of your sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression (SOGIE)?

Have you encountered hostility because of your SOGIE when seeking housing, when pursuing education, when seeking employment or when seeking other social services and have you spoken out against it or challenged it?

Are you involved in LGBT rights and health activism in your community, organization, school, and/or workplace? Have you been able to bring change and promote innovation through your activism?

Are you an academic or advocate who contributes to protecting and advancing the human rights and health of LGBT people through research and advocacy?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, share your experiences with us. Make a submission TODAY!

Individuals whose submissions are selected will be invited to the Regional Dialogue to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 4 - 6 June 2014

Download the Call for Abstracts at (PDF) and Submission Form (Word) at

Return the Submission Form by email to

All submissions should be made by 10 a.m. Thai time (GMT+7) on Monday, 24 February 2014.

As people on the frontlines working for LGBT rights and health issues in the Asia-Pacific, your experiences and knowledge will shape the thinking and planning for the way forward for LGBT rights and health programming in the region. Invited government experts, National Human Rights Institutions, representatives from development partners, and the private sector will hear and learn about your lived experiences, about your personal struggles and victories to protect and advance the human rights of LGBT people.

Building on the increased momentum and awareness raised on the conditions that LGBT people in Asia-Pacific, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), will co-convene a regional dialogue to provide an opportunity to hear about individual lived experiences, the work of LGBT organizations, and the successes that have been achieved. We hope to gain an in-depth overview of the situation facing LGBT people from this process. This regional dialogue will bring together community leaders and activists, Asia-Pacific government experts, development partners, national human rights institutions, and private sector representatives. They will collectively reflect on advances in the promotion and protection of the human rights of LGBT people and examine opportunities and challenges in the areas of legal reform, social norms, health, social media, education, employment, and other relevant areas. We wish to hear directly from leading activists, academics, advocates, and researchers who have been working to protect and advance the rights of LGBT people throughout the region.

Submissions are welcome in Bengali, Chinese, English, Hindi, Indonesian, Nepali, Sinhalese, Tamil, Thai, or Vietnamese.

Individual entries will be selected by a panel of LGBT experts and leaders from the region through a process that is fair, anonymous, and transparent.

Being LGBT in Asia: A Participatory Review and Analysis of the Legal and Social Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Civil Society” is a joint initiative launched on Human Rights Day 2012 (December 10) by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development, Regional Mission for Asia (USAID RDMA), together with grassroots LGBT organizations and community leaders. 'Being LGBT in Asia' aims to build a knowledge baseline of the legal, social, political and institutional environments in which LGBT rights advocates and organizations operate at the country level, while developing an understanding for the capacity of LGBT rights advocates to engage in policy dialogue and community mobilization.

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