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Social media campaign launched to unite Asia’s LGBT community

Social media campaign launched to unite Asia’s LGBT community

The LGBT community across Asia has just got new dedicated platforms across social media to unite and communicate.

The project, called Being LGBT in Asia, is funded by the UN Development Program (UNDP) and US aid program (USAID).

New Being LGBT in Asia accounts have been set up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and Chinese social networks QQ, Weibo and Douban.

Being LGBT in Asia also has a page on Crowdmap where anyone can report violence or verbal harassment, for example, in locations across Asia. It is the first use of this technology to report LGBT human rights abuses as well as LGBT equality successes in Asia.

Organizers will be running training session on how to use the tools at Being LGBT in Asia national community dialogues in Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and China.

The group held a community dialogue in Hanoi, Vietnam last week, where civil organizations and UN agencies talking about the LGBT movement in the Southeast Asian country.

‘We have made significant progress, although some gaps still exist,’ said Tran Khac Tung, director of Information, Connecting and Sharing (ICS) the Vietnamese organization that arranged the meeting.

‘The United Nations Development Program cares about the rights and well-being of LGBT people in this country,’ said Louise Chamberlain, UNDP country director in Vietnam.

‘We hope that through the Vietnam national community dialogue, a clear picture will emerge on how legal and social environment impact LGBT individuals and communities and how this environment affect their rights.’