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Sincethe military government of Myanmar has made sweeping political reforms which opened up the country more, particularly press censorship. In fact, on our trek to Inle Lake from Kalaw in Central Myanmar, we only attracted a few smiles when showing off our brand new Burmese sun hats:. We've learnt by now on our travels that even in quite homophobic countries like the Maldivesthere's one rule for tourists and another for locals.
As a gay man in Yangon, there are very few places for me to meet fellow gay men. The city has no gay bars and hardly any public gay events. I started dating online about four years ago at the insistence of a close friend.
While the couple lives in New York, Burma still criminalizes gay sex, and it can carry serious prison time. I won't give up. Millions of viewers, thousands of negative and positive comments.
The nightclub is heaving, sweaty and loud, pulsating with blinding blue and white lights, and packed with drunken dancers. At the bar, the young sons of Burma's elite are buying bottles of Jack Daniel's and Johnnie Walker with thick wads of dirty kyat notes. But inside the double doors and through the dark fog of the smoke machine, a cultural transformation is taking place on the dance floor.
They are divided between the 37 Great Nats and all the rest i. The word 'sein', while meaning 'green', is being used to mean 'raw' in this context. There are however two types of nats in Burmese Buddhist belief.
By Purple Romero. Also published by Asia Sentinel. But in too many cases, in the refugee camps scattered along the border, being themselves can turn into a nightmare.
A couple of weeks ago, a beauty contest benefit for HIV-affected people was held in Mandalay, Burma's second largest city. A fundraiser for sufferers of one the world's deadliest diseases, attended by local LGBT rights leaders, might not seem like much of a story at first. But considering Mandalay was the worst city in the country for discrimination against gays init's a positive step away from the events of the last year. Those events were numerous, but there was one that stood out, if only for what happened afterwards.
Political transition in Myanmar from a military to a civilian government holds the promise of opening up political spaces to previously marginalized groups. Official discrimination against the LGBTI community, particularly visible LGBTI people such as transgender women, is most visible in targeted police harassments, extortion, and arrests. Inthe LGBT community in Myanmar was outraged by a case where a group of gay and transgender people were assaulted by police, arbitrarily arrested, and tortured while in police custody.
Please refresh the page and retry. H tike Myat is a year-old transgender Burmese entrepreneur, with an online company which makes underwear for tomboys. There are disco balls in the portaloos, free condoms and a pumping Euro-trash soundtrack. Transgender women in exquisite ethnic dress wander around, some eating dinner out of traditional Burmese silver lunchboxes.