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Sarina Thai visit, LGBTI-friendly training inspire Thai students

Tun, Aod and Bank* have their sights set on careers as a fashion designer, model and marketing professional, respectively. The 13-year-olds are best friends who share a bond that goes beyond their complementary career goals – all three have faced the challenges of going through their early teen years with gender identities and expressions that differ from what is expected of them by society.

Risk Behaviours among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in Myanmar – Research Report Launched!

Nearly half of young men who have sex with men in Myanmar (YMSM) report experiencing problems with family members because of their sexual identity or orientation, according to a newly released study. The study also found that most YMSM report having their first sexual encounter in their mid-teens and that the majority of them are knowledgeable about protective health measures such as condom use.

International Ministerial Meeting on Education Sector Responses to Homophobic Violence

Many students around the world are routinely denied the basic universal human right to education because of the discrimination and violence including bullying they experience in educational institutions, on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.

UNAIDS IATT on Education and School Health consultancy

The UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education and School Health is looking for a consultant-writer to revise and update a publication and communication and advocacy tools. More information is available in the Terms of Reference below. The deadline for expressions of interest is 7 October 2015 (Paris Time).

#PurpleMySchool campaign making education safer for LGBTI students

Launched in June 2015, the PurpleMySchool campaign is quickly making an impact on the lives of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students across the Asia-Pacific region.

UNESCO Vacancy Project Officer Communications and Advocacy

UNESCO is seeking a Project Officer based in Paris, France to improve the overall strategy for communications and advocacy for its work on HIV and sexuality education, gender-based violence and homophobic violence in education settings and school health, and to provide support for major campaigns.

‘Time is now to address homophobic and transphobic bullying’, say countries at regional meeting

Schools and governments throughout Asia-Pacific are moving beyond the idea that dealing with issues around sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGI/E) is “too sensitive” or “too new”. A recent regional consultation on the basis of SOGI/E reflected the sentiment of one Ministry of Education official from the region who told UNESCO: “It will always be sensitive or new if we never do anything about it.”

A Fruitful Year of Learning for Parents Enabled by the UNESCO-supported Connections Programme

On 3 July, more than 80 trainers and managers from family planning associations of 12 different provinces and cities gathered at a meeting in Jilin City of Northeast China to share experiences and celebrate their achievements in the first year of the Connections programme that trained parents on how to communicate with adolescents about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues.

Go Purple to Support LGBTI Youth

Parents, peers and teachers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex youth urged to show support for LGBTI youth and create safe spaces for LGBTI students. Far too many of this region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth experience dread walking through their schools’ doors, knowing that taunting, exclusion and even violence may await.

UNESCO HIV and Health Education e-Newsletter, Issue 22

Inside this issue: Spotlight on girls' education UNAIDS IATT Symposium; Preventing early and unintended pregnancy; Integrating diversity, anti-discrimination and gender equality activities into classrooms in West Africa

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