At a development conference in Bangkok 14th to 16th December 2009 the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) was established. The development conference was made possible by the support of  APCOM (Asia-Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health), APNSW (Asia-Pacific Network of Sex Workers), and Seven Sisters (the Coalition of Asia-Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS). APTN is to be governed and managed entirely by transwomen themselves.  In time and as funding makes possible, APTN can expect to be an influential voice in matters concerning the health and social welfare of transgender women in Asia.

Click at right for press release and photo of transgender participants.

At the conference there were a large number of presentations, including these from interested NGO officers and academics:

Transgenders in Asia: Sexual Health (Dr Graham Neilsen, Family Health International)

Transgender rights (Prof. Douglas Sanders)

Transgender people in Asia and the Pacific: what does the research tell us (Dr Sam Winter, University of Hong Kong)


For more information on APTN please contact Sittiphan ('Hua') Boonjapisomparn (APTN Coordinator) at