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Controversy at ILGA Asia Conference

Sat 31 Oct 2015 In: International News View at Wayback

The largest LGBT conference in Asia opened amid a cloud of controversy  as it has become apparent that trans participants were identified upon registration using their assigned birth names. Credit: Outrage Magazine Nisha Ayub of Human Rights Watch who is attending the ILGA Asia Conference, appears in a short video shot by David Dela Cruz of LGBT Phillippines’ based Outrage Magazine and says that when she registered online she gave her preferred name but when registering her ID card for the event she was given an ID card with her birth name on. Dela Cruz says: “As Nisha Ayub of Malaysia-based SEED said, many may think this is a trivial thing, but self-identification is an issue that greatly affects particularly the trans community. “The disappointment is even more pronounced because the event is by and for LGBT people. The move is now to take steps to amend this issue, and to ensure that it doesn't happen again in future gatherings.” ILGA Asia aims to work for the equality of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans people and intersex people and liberation from all forms of discrimination. The three day conference wraps up with the Taiwan LGBT Pride parade, the biggest pride parade in Asia, taking place place.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 31st October 2015 - 12:34pm

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