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🏳️‍⚧️ 🏳️‍🌈 Today is International #TransgenderDayOfVisibility

🎨 New collab with IG @zorageraldus

💞 We recognize the resilience and strength of transgender, non binary, and gender nonconforming people. We celebrate their constant efforts to create a more inclusive society and acknowledge the discrimination they face around the world.

❌ Transphobic violence has no place in our world! 🕯️ However, between October 2021 and September 2022, 327 trans and gender diverse people were murdered globally, with 40 in Asia only. The numbers were even higher during the pandemic, reaching 375 trans and gender diverse people killed between October 2020 and September 2021 around the world. Even then, the numbers do not reflect the concerning reality because many crimes remain unreported due to fear and stigma.

📍 Yet nonconforming gender communities have existed long before 2023 and were a part of our diverse societies. Sida-sida in Malaysia was considered a blend between masculine and feminine. They were regarded with much respect and were highly trusted. Similarly, Bissu people in Indonesia consider themselves male and female, and historically occupied high ranks. They were considered mediators between the gods and humans, and even decided, in the 1500s, if the country should adopt Christianity or Islam, as they were more powerful than kings.

🫶 This is a reminder that everyone is equal and worthy of respect and that, in 2023, we should go beyond the gender binary.

☀️ We want to achieve a world where each person can exist according to their personal decisions without fearing for their life.

#WeAreManushyan ♾ Equal Human Beings

✊ Manushya will always stand in solidarity with transgender and gender nonconforming people everywhere. We will continue to work alongside the trans community to ensure that every trans individual, including those from the marginalized communities, is able to access their fundamental rights and be liberated from structural, physical, or sexual violence.

👉 While you're here, learn more about some of Manushya Foundation’s previous work on LGBTIQ+ issues:

➡️ Joint submission for Thailand’s III UPR cycle on the rights of LGTBIQ+ children and youth in Thailand, 25 March 2021

➡️ Joint submission for Thailand’s III UPR cycle on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) rights in Thailand, 25 March 2021

➡️ Thailand III UPR Factsheet on the situation of the LGBTIQ+ persons, including LGBTIQ+ youth & children in Thailand, 29 September 2021

➡️ Recap from ‘LGBTQI Digital Media Activism and Counter Hate Speech – Experiences from Asia & Europe’ book launch, 15 December 2022

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