‘I’ve been rejected by my family and my society’.
21 transgender men and women in Asia and across the Pacific have spoken out about their lives, health and hopes in a new touching video launched by UNAIDS.
Produced by the Asia-Pacific Transgender Network (ATPN) in partnership with UNAIDS, the video features transgender men and women as they talk about the difficulties they faced throughout their lives and their hopes for transgender rights in the future.
Natt Kraipet, is one of the brave people who shared their stories, said: ‘When I was young, going to school was a nightmare.
‘I was bullied, I was hit and i could not tell anyone – the teacher, the parents – because i was afraid to be judged or punished by them.’
Across Asia and the Pacific, transgender people face stigma and discrimination which denies them basic human rights and prevents them from accessing the HIV and health services they need.
Dorian Wilde said: ‘If you’re really sick and you want to get warded, you’d be put in the female ward, which is a horrible thing because nobody wants to see my face in the female ward.’
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé has called for people to recognize Zero Discrimination Day tomorrow (1 March), a day to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity no matter what they look like, where they come from or who they love.
Sidibé said: ‘Both the right to health and the right to dignity belong to everyone. Working together, we can transform ourselves, our communities and our world to reach zero discrimination.’
He is hoping people will share the video on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social networks accompanied by the hashtag #ZeroDiscrimination to raise awareness to people all over the world.
Check out the full video below: