OUR PUBLICATIONS QueerXBodies - Run 1 to Run 3 QueerXBodies is a series that was conceptualized by YVC and was made possible through the support of UNAIDS Asia-Pacific. For three runs, the series has been a space to share stories of struggle, activism, identity, human rights, perseverance, and best practices. In QueerXBodies, we share stories from the grassroots. This magazine is a culmination of almost two years of working with UNAIDS in making this series a possibility. With every turn of the page, we hope you enjoy the queerness of Asia-Pacific. In return, we hope that you could count your voice with us! IGNITE - Round 1 Regional Report This report presents a summary of the overall outcome of the First Round of Youth Voices Count (YVC)’s IGNITE! LGBTIQ Youth Empowerment Grants. In the course of nine months from April to December 2020 and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, five youth-led and LGBTIQ-led organizations from five countries, namely Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Viet Nam have been approved with seed funding of up to USD 2,100 to carry out their proposed activities. #CopingWithCOVID In this discussion paper, you will read several quotes and case studies shared to us by LGBTIQ youth and our partners on the experiences they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The paper also offers a set of recommendations for governments, donors and bilateral partners, and civil society organizations. OUR RESPONSE Recognizing the present situation that CoVid-19 has brought to the region, primarily with the disruption of health systems, we have also recognized the economic implications of CoVid-19, its implication to the educational systems, and the overall challenges this poses to civil society and human rights work. SPARK! CHANGE On the journey in Kiribati SPARK CHANGE! On the Journey is a toolkit designed to help you provide gender and sexuality education to people who work in social services, health, education, and sport. This toolkit will be especially useful for people who work with, or who care for young people in Kiribati. STORIES OF STRUGGLE A collection of testimonies of YOUNG LGBTQ+ people growing up without Comprehensive Sexuality Education. YOUNG AND HIGH: A RISING REALITY A qualitative analysis of drug use among young gay, bisexual and MSM in sexualized settings in Bangkok, Hanoi, and Jakarta Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Empowering young MSM and adolescent MSM in Asia and Pacific Youth Voices Count 2018 at a glance For 2018, Youth Voices Count has continued our mission to forward the rights of young sexual and gender minorities from across the region. Youth Voices Count 2017 at a glance With the launching of its new Strategic Plan, YVC redefined itself to be a “Regional network of young LGBTQ+ people in Asia and the Pacific” and opened its membership to young people from diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. CHANGING HEARTS & MINDS LGBTIQ+ Campaigns in Asia: Case Study The contents of this regional campaigning report are first and foremost the result of the sharp thinking of the organizations involved, and the networks supporting them. This is a collaborative effort that has arisen from the inspiring stories shared by the campaigners themselves. Jumping Hurdles A discussion paper on the access to HIV health services for young men who have sex with men (MSM) and young transgender persons in Asia and the Pacific. Information in this discussion paper was directly provided by young men who have sex with men and young transgender women who participated in the Youth Voices Count Third Regional Consultation in Bangkok, 2013. Additional information was attained through interviews with Youth Voices Count members after the consultation. Looking out for Adolescents Formative assessment on the needs of adolescents and youth at risk of HIV: Case studies from Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam. In March 2018, an initial brainstorming meeting was held with adolescents and youth (aged 15 to 24 years) from civil society networks in nine countries in the Asia-Pacific region by the United Nations Asia Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Young Key Populations. Young people identified four priority domains for addressing HIV and broader sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR): education, parental and peer support, communications, and mental health. #ShoutOutLoud #ShoutOutLoud brings a collection of stories focused how young LGBTQ+ people in Asia-Pacific perceive pride. Please have it on the COUNT page but it should be placed towards the end.