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(The views and opinions expressed in interviews or commentaries are those of the interviewees and contributors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of UNAIDS) UNAIDS #LoveWithoutLabels campaign, which celebrates everyone’s right to choose their sexual identity and partners ends on 31 May. On the last day of the #LoveWithoutLabels campaign, we speak with a Filipino couple, Darren Eleazar Perez and Jeffry Acaba. Darren is a master’s degree student… Read More

Watsamon Tri-yasakda who prefers to be called June is a 25-year-old freelance photographer who lives in Bangkok, Thailand. She graduated two years ago and her photo projects include event coverage as well as documentary photography and this year focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) stories. June photographed several major LGBT pride parades in Asia and recently covered “The One: Miss Teen Beauty Queen 2015” -a transgender teen beauty pageant in Thailand…. Read More

Meet Pema Doji, a tour guide and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activist from Bhutan, which is perched on the Eastern edge of the Himalayan mountains. Pema describes himself as an introvert who’s idea of a perfect day is staying home, sipping a cup of tea and reading a really good book. He says he is socially awkward because of the bullying and discrimination that he experienced while growing up…. Read More

“Out in Japan” is an ambitious photography project which aims to take photographs of 10 000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Japan by 2020, when Tokyo will garner global attention as the host of the Olympic Games. The photographer, Leslie Kee from Singapore is directing the project, which is sponsored by the non-profit, Good Aging Yells. Gon Matsunaka, the founder of Good Aging Yells says “LGBT people in Japan… Read More

On 20 September, Nepal took a historic step by adopting a new constitution, which protects lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex  (LGBTI) people from discrimination, violence, and abuse.  The country is the first in Asia and  joins only a handful of other countries to include equal rights protections for LGBTI people in its national constitution. UNAIDS spoke to Sanjay Sharma,  a prominent LGBTI rights activist working with the Blue Diamond Society in… Read More

The provocative photography essay Coming Out, which tells the story of a lesbian couple has stirred up a lot of passion on the internet. Arjun Kamath is the photographer behind this project. He started off as an engineering student in a university in Bangalore, India but soon realized that his heart was elsewhere. After taking a photography workshop, Arjun fell in love with this art form.  When he completed his engineering degree,… Read More

On 9 September, Thailand’s Gender Equality Act came into effect. It is a legal instrument that prevents discrimination on the basis of gender and is inclusive of lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT). Kath Khangpiboon is a member of the Thai Transgender Alliance for Human Rights (TGA). UNAIDS spoke with her about the significance of the new legal instrument.

Photo credit: Thomas Pouchin https://www.flickr.com/photos/pouchin/ Shibuya ward in Tokyo is famous for its iconic crossing, which when the traffic lights turn red, turns into a sea of pedestrians surging forward from all sides. Now, the trendy neighborhood is making headlines for a landmark decision. On 31 March, the ward’s assembly passed an ordinance that recognizes same-sex couples, becoming the first local authority in Japan to acknowledge such partnerships.