LGBTQ+ Rights Organisation Apcom Receives Funding From Canadian Government

By Chong Seow Wei

The funding from Global Affairs Canada amounts to US$1.69 million

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Apcom, a Thailand-based not-for-profit organisation championing the rights and inclusion of LGBTQ+ communities in Asia-Pacific, has received the backing of the Canandian government. It is one of three organisations to receive about US$1.69 million in funding support from Global Affairs Canada. 

Apcom focuses on advancing the health and legal rights and socioeconomic outcomes of the region’s LGBTQ+ communities, with a particular focus on HIV prevention and support. It represents and works with individuals and organisations spanning 35 territories across Asia-Pacific.

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“The contribution from Canada fits well with Apcom’s vision of a world where SOGIESC (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics) people can fully participate in and achieve sustainable development in all aspects of their health, rights and well-being,” says the organisation’s executive director Midnight Poonkasetwattana, who is a 2020 Gen.T honouree. “Canada’s investment is filling in a funding gap in LGBTQI institutional strengthening, and we hope other donors will follow suit.”

According to a statement from Apcom, the funds will be used for an international project aimed at improving gender equality and the human rights of LGBTQ+ people in Asia. It will involve the collaboration of organisations from five countries—Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

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