Since 1992, Tonga Leitis Associations (TLA) was established with the intention to recognize the contribution of our members to the community. Over the years, TLA recognised the importance of our contribution and committed to improving the health and rights of people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGICESC) in Tonga and across the Pacific. TLA was incorporated under the Tonga Societies Act as the only non-profit organisation that represents and works with SOGIESC people. Our main office is based in Nukualofa, Tongatapu, with network of individuals and small groups in the outer islands with specific to ‘Eua, Ha’apai and Vava’u. The primary focus of TLA works is based on the following key areas. They represent priorities and what we do to achieve our mission and vision.
? Health and Education
? Laws Reform
? Youth Employment and Capacity Building
? Infrastructure and Facility
TLA also becomes a major part of the HIV response in Tonga through coordination with other stakeholders. In addition, TLA also addresses other related issues such as sexual reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence, bullying and discrimination. TLA also focuses on improving relevant human and legal rights across Tonga as discrimination and stigma impact on the health outcomes of the SOGIESC community.
TLA wants to have a Kingdom that has patient, understanding and acceptance of people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, expressions, and inclusive space.
To be the leading organisation in Tonga to voice the rights of those facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and/or sex characteristics. To promote and raise awareness on sexual health, well-being, and rights of persons of diverse SOGIESC through comprehensive peer education and close engagement with relevant stakeholders of similar interests. To empower our members and youth of Tonga in upholding the principles of fairness, justice, and moral positive virtues.
TLA is committed to ensure not only people of SOGIESC but all are not treated differently or discriminated against based on their characteristics. Everyone should have equal access to our basic human rights in education, health, and employment.
TLA recognises the diversity of SOGIESC people and work toward encouraging involvements of diverse members from around Tonga in all its works, thus leaving no one behind. TLA reflects the strengths of diversity in its engagements, staff, and committee.
TLA values respect in our daily interactions with each other, with our stakeholders, and even people with opposing views. We do our work in a mindful way that will showcase our contributions and still respect our core values as Tongan.
TLA demonstrates moral soundness in all actions, fostering trust in our relationships. To do this, TLA will ensure transparency and accountability in its procedures and work with partners, through democratic involvement of members and staff.