Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Step Forward: UP Babaylan at the 1st MSM/TG and HIV Conference


In its advocacy to eradicate discrimination and ignorance on LGBT issues, UP Babaylan participated in the very first National Conference on Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)/Transgender (TG) and HIV held at Greenhills Elan Modern Hotel, San Juan City on July 23-24, organized by the Health Action Information Network (HAIN) and TLF SHARE Collective.

Mae Hernandez, Pangalawang Punong Babaylan, represented UP Babaylan at the conference. It was participated by different community–based gay and MSM organizations and support groups across the country. The highlights of the event included several talks from experts and guest speakers and workshops that the participants actively took part in.

The two–day conference aims to bring together groups working on HIV prevention among MSM and transgender individuals in the Philippines for a collective analysis of the health and sexual rights situation among MSM and transgender persons and to learn from their experiences. The conference is the first step towards initiating the approved United Nations Development Project on MSM and TG populations which will be implemented in collaboration with HAIN and TLF SHARE Collective in the next three years.

TLF SHARE Collective is an affiliate of UP Babaylan.

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