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Joe Wong

Program Manager, Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), Thailand

Joe Wong is a program manager for the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) and is responsible for media awareness, communications, partnerships, and oversight on regional programs in Asia and the Pacific. He is particularly interested in advocacy for HIV/ AIDS, health and rights especially of transgender men, whose needs have been largely neglected. Mr. Wong's personal experience echoes that of transgender people in the region, who have felt humiliated, intimidated, and excluded, and sometimes had their identity exposed against their will. He worked with several UN agencies and been active in planning advocacy events across the region. Mr. Wong is the first transgender man on the APTN board, bringing visibility and awareness to the movement around the region, amplifying voices of transgender people who have been largely neglected in Asia.

 

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