Myanmar

LGBTI Rights in Myanmar


ADDED ON: 01/29/2019

Myanmar LGBT Pride Out in Force, But Laws Lag Behind

This past weekend, pride week kicked off in full force in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon. A flurry of rainbow umbrellas dotting Yangon harbor, held by fishermen following a flotilla of partygoers, set…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Myanmar’s first LGBT pride boat parade sets sail

Rainbow flags flew high and gay anthems blasted out over Yangon's river as a flotilla of boats took to the water of Myanmar's biggest city on Saturday (Jan 26) for the country's…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Facing domestic threat in Hlaingthaya

"Our township is the most crowded, has the most crime and is the most concerning for city administrators,” bemoaned U Myo Nay Aung, administrator of No.1 ward, Hlaingthaya. As the natural consequences…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2018

LGBTQ Movements Gain Energy Across SE Asia

Growing up as a transgender woman in Singapore, Sheila says she lived in fear of her parents "finding out who she is. As a result of me trying to express my liking of feminine…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Transgender Remembrance Day, Yangon

The dark surface of Inya Lake is illuminated by warm bobbing candles, pushed out by a small but dedicated crowd who has come in the evening to show their respect. As the…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2018

These photos capture the lives and loves of Myanmar’s trans community

Grace Baey spent a month with transgender people in Myanmar’s commercial hub, Yangon. ‘I’ve been working with the trans community in Singapore for several years now, and was curious to learn more…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2018

This Activist Can Explain What Life Is Really like for LGBTI People in Myanmar

The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar made the news this month. It was revealed that two LGBTI individuals had been arrested under the colonial-era Section 377 of the penal code. Myanmar criminalizes ‘carnal intercourse against…

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ADDED ON: 11/10/2018

Myanmar is Arresting People for Being Gay Under Colonial-era Sodomy Law

At least two recent arrests of LGBTI Myanmar citizens using the country’s anti-gay law has shaken the community. Police have reportedly charged a local restaurant owner and a make-up artist, who both…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2018

Myanmar’s Spirit Festival Highlights Human Rights Issue

Gyrating dancers passed through the crowds, bowing to men in silk dresses with orchids in their hair, as the normally sleepy village of Taung Byone marked the start of the annual Spirit…

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ADDED ON: 08/10/2018

LGBT Choir Gets the Word Out on a High Note

Aung Bo (not his real name) hasn’t come out yet and fears to do so as his family is rather conservative. His sister also identifies with the LGBT community. Unfortunately for him, his…

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ADDED ON: 07/20/2018

Yangon’s First LGBT Café

A cappuccino and some space, please! Some behaviors in public are just a disgrace. It is the case of cat-calling, the act of whistling or trying to get the attention of a…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Clothing Chain Primark’s In The Hot Seat After Revealing Where Its Pride Merch Comes From

Earlier this week, clothing chain Primark announced that it would be working with LGBTQ charity Stonewall to sell Pride-themed clothing. The company announced this union while also saying that they will be…

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