by Bryan Teixeira – Europe NGO Delegate
The PCB NGO Delegation expressed concern and condemnation for the recent Nigerian Same Sex [Prohibition] Act 2014. The Delegation urged the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) along with its Co-Sponsors – UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank – as well as Member States and multilateral and bilateral donors, to take meaningful action.
NGO Delegate for Asia and the Pacific, Attapon Ed Ngoksin, shares his experiences and lessons learned from taking part in a consultation on HIV and young MSM and transgender women in his region.
‘Self-issues’ and their linkage with sexual risk-taking in the context of HIV is a topic not well known to public health practitioners and policy makers. To explore these issues, a 3-day consultation, organized in October 2012 in Bangkok by Youth Voices Count, brought together young men who have sex with men (MSM) activists and transgender women below the age of 30 from 14 countries in the Asia and the Pacific region..
‘Self-issues’, as these youth put it, is a term to describe a specific set of issues that positively or negatively impact self-acceptance, self-esteem and confidence. While HIV and human rights experts understand how laws and legal environments constitute barriers to provision of and access to HIV and other health services, self-issues, including self-stigma, are much harder to deal with: it involves the knowledge, skills, perceptions and experience of young people that ultimately influence individual choices of the type of sexual activity they decide to perform with their partners – be it protected or unprotected.
The ‘experts’ categorize young men who have sex with men and young transgenders as ‘target groups’ for programmes; a typical indicator of success in these expert interventions is the number of condoms distributed. However, their lived realities are more complex. Little is understood about their lifestyles and sexuality, particularly how the culture of ignorance and silence dominates thinking and directly impacts their psychological well-being as they grow up: that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is somehow ‘un-natural’, ‘bad’, ‘wrong’ or immoral’.
MSM Around the World: Stand Up, Be Counted!
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) is thrilled to announce the official launch of the 2012 Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey (GMHR)!
Two separate pre-conference events will be held ahead of AIDS 2012 in Washington this July: a two-day conference focused on people living with HIV and a day-long conference on men who have sex with men. Further details for both are below.
The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) has released a new report highlighting the top ten policy developments of 2011. Entitled, “Top 10 in 2011: Key Global Policy Developments Concerning MSM & HIV,” the document details the successes and failures of the past year in an effort to help chart a course forward.
George Ayala, NGO Delegate for North America, describes how laws can negatively impact the gay and men who have sex with men communities and offers recommendations in order to enable an environment that affords full health and human rights to all people.
The Global Fund Partnership Forum recently took place in Sao Paolo, Brazil, gathering more than 300 participants from around the world to give input for the development of the Global Fund’s 2012-2016 strategy. In preparation for the Partnership Forum, B-Change and the MSMGF conducted a small online survey to better understand MSM and transgender involvement and understanding regarding the Global Fund, including experiences and opinions of the Global Fund’s recently-introduced strategy on sexual orientation and gender identity. Results of the survey can be found in the following presentation:
MSMGF Secretariat collaborates with MSMGF members around the world to bring you reports on recent developments concerning the health and human rights of MSM
The MSMGF is very excited to announce the launch of the new MSMGF collaborative blog! The blog features reports written by MSMGF members like you around the world, sharing information on recent developments concerning the health and human rights of MSM.
In addition to reporting new information relevant to the work of MSMGF members, the blog will also raise awareness within our global community about who our members are and the work they do. Each report opens with a short biography of the author, including a link to his or her profile in the MSMGF Social Network, making it easy for you to get in touch with them for more information.