23rd December 2017 BKK– Youth Voices Count (YVC), an independent network of young gay men and young transgender people in Asia and the Pacific today announces its new Core Working Group (CWG) for the period of 2017 – 2019. The CWG of the network is consisted of expert young people who are self identified as gay, MSM or transgender and represent different sub regions including, South Asia, Mekong, ISEAN, Developed Asia and the Pacific. The CWG is the decision making entity of the network leading on YVC’s strategic priorities and advocacy.
The new Core Working Group of YVC is established in line with the upcoming strategic plan development consultation of the network in January 2017. The strategic plan development consultation will be the first step in developing YVC strategic priorities and operational plan for the period of 2017 – 2020.
Bella – Thailand
Bella is a young transgender activist from Thailand and is a founding member of Transpiration Power, a young trans organization in Thailand advocating for better inclusion of transgender people in education and employment sectors. She is also Senior Researcher & Executive Assistant at Perfect Link Consulting Group Co., Ltd. In Bangkok, Thailand.
Bella’s passion for education policy reforms in Thailand is inspirational. She has been able to successfully lead the policy reforms on gendered attire for transgender students for graduation at her university and now Transpiration works with other universities in Thailand to adopt the same.
Tung – Vietnam
A director of Lighthouse, a leading civil society organization and social enterprise working for men who have sex with men, transgender people and LGBTI people, Tung is a prominent voice for several civil society networks representing MSM and transgender people in Vietnam. Taking Lighthouse one step beyond the typical civil society organizations, Tung has been able to introduce social enterprising to his organization. Lighthouse now provides on-sight HIV testing and counselling. His organization also works with PEPFAR/ USAID, The Global Fund, AHF, COC Netherlands and MSMGF and other local NGOs and CBOs.
Abhi – Indonesia
Abhi is the Co-founder & Research and Development Head of Transmen Indonesia, an organization advocating for the rights of trans men communities in Indonesia and is currently working on LGBT workplace inclusion. He is also the youth coordinator for LGBTIQ forum. A passionate advocate for transmen in the region Erky also has expertise in media and communication. Erky was also part of the community review committee of the International AIDS conference 2016 held in Durban.
Brian – Philippines
Brian is the elected secretary of Pinoy Plus Advocacy Pilipinas, Inc. and a member of Board of Trustees focusing on Youth Management Program of the same organization for over 5 years. He is also one of the key speakers for Senate hearing in the Philippines regarding Reproductive Health Law, pushing the government to legalize HIV testing and other STI and distribution of contraceptives to young people ages 15 years old and above in the Philippines. Brian is a full-time faculty member of STI College in Recto Manila Philippines teaching Sociology and other related subjects for almost four years.
Kami – Pakistan
Kami is one of the emerging transgender activists from Pakistan. Using alternative avenues to advocate for the trans community in Pakistan and in the region she is one of the first transgender models from Pakistan to go on the BuzzFeed. She is currently running Subrangsociety Pakistan, a CBO working with transgender people. Kami has extensive experience working with grassroots communities in peer outreach work, service delivery and hands on advocacy with Pakistani ministries and authorities. She has also been working with Naz Male Health Alliance and other CBOs in Global Fund programs both national and regional.