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Myanmar Feature | LGBT

Burmese, LGBT, and at the Threshold of a New Era

With a non-military political party now leading Myanmar for the first time in decades, Burmese citizens are looking forward to democratic reforms to make the political process more inclusive of its diverse population. Historically, LGBT security in Myanmar has been minimal to nonexistent: colonial-era anti-homosexuality laws are still on the books and arbitrarily exercised, police extortion is rampant, trans individuals are targeted for violence and fetishization, and widespread conservative attitudes promote anti-LGBT discrimination. But now that newly empowered politicians have made promising (if vague) expressions of support for diversity and burgeoning advocacy groups have begun generating visibility and awareness, the LGBT Burmese community has expressed hope that the first signs of a more secure future have appeared.

Read more:
Snapshot: LGBTI rights in Myanmar” (The Star Observer)
The brutal reality transgender women face under Myanmar’s ‘darkness law’” (Mashable)
Gay People In Myanmar Can’t Live Openly. Here’s Why” (The World Post)
Myanmar’s transgender people not just chasing rainbows in fight for equality” (The Guardian)
LGBT group to battle homophobia in Myanmar with information” ( via Gay Asia News)
Myanmar LGBT film festival raises visibility, challenges taboos” (Washington Blade)

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