The ILGA Asia Trans Pre-Conference
ILGA Asia Conference 2017
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
December 5, 2017
The Trans Pre-conference was convened on December 5, 2017 at the 7th ILGA Asia Conference held in Phnom Penh Cambodia. The Pre-conference was composed of sessions that tackled Legal Gender Recognition advocacy in the region, as well as possible opportunities to collaborate with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in the drafting of the 8th version of the Standards of Care (SOC8). The ILGA World Trans Secretariat, represented by the Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), also delivered a report on the activities of the Secretariat from 2015 to 2016. Over 60 individual trans activists and allies were present at these sessions.
The ILGA Asia Trans Caucus was convened after the above-mentioned sessions and included around 30 trans and gender non-binary individual activists. The primary task of this caucus was to decide among ourselves our nominee for the position of Trans Representative on the ILGA Asia Executive Board. After careful deliberation and insightful conversations, the caucus has decided to nominate Mani AQ from Naz Male Health Alliance, Pakistan, as our nominee for ILGA Asia Trans Representative. As such, the caucus would like the ILGA Asia Conference to support the nomination of Mani, who will be one of the first transgender men to serve on the ILGA Asia Executive Board, by voting for him at the upcoming election.
The Caucus would also like to respectfully make the following recommendations to the ILGA Asia Conference and the incoming ILGA Asia Executive Board:
- To convene a panel or workshop on Trans Sex Work to be included in the Main Conference at the next ILGA Asia Conference in 2019;
- That the next Trans Pre-Conference at the ILGA Asia Conference in 2019 be centered on themes of Work, Labor, and Economic Empowerment for trans people.
- And to create an intersectional space within the next Trans Pre-Conference on Work, Labor, and Economic Empowerment to talk about other ‘minoritizing’ factors of identity such as sexual orientation, ageism, and access to education.
The ILGA Asia Trans Caucus