Outgames human rights conference organisers have received a last-minute boost, with a $US35,000 fund injection from a range of sources.

The money has been provided for specific purposes, including bringing people from particular groups in Asia to the conference.

More than 258 people have registered for the conference. Registrations closed yesterday. In addition to the keynote speakers already announced, two more internationals have been named — Human Rights Watch New York’s Boris Dittrich and New Zealand human rights campaigner John Fisher, who lives in Geneva.

Participants from 26 countries have registered to attend the Outgames. There is also diversity among the gender of participants — 42 percent are female, 53 percent are male, and there are 21 trans women, 15 trans men, as well as intersex people and others who identify in different ways.

“At these big events around the world, men typically make up two thirds or more of participants,” Outgames co-chair David Hindley said.

“We have worked hard to make sure there is a bit more balance, and we are thrilled it has paid off.”

info: The 2nd AsiaPacific Outgames will be held March 12 – 19, in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit www.wellingtonoutgames.com for the full program.

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