One of the world’s youngest nations is powering ahead on LGBTI rights and has come up with a clever way to promote inclusion. Last year, East Timor’s first Pride March made headlines around the world, not only for its color and celebration, but because it was a remarkable achievement. It only became an independent state in 2002 after decades of authoritative Indonesian rule. In that time it has had to build itself up very quickly. There has been little time to give attention to the LGBTI community. Like many others around the world LGBTI face a lot of violence, discrimination and family pressures. Just days before the Pride March, former Prime Minister Rui Maria De Araujo became the first South East Asian leader to publicly call for acceptance and protection of LGBTI people.
April 13 / Gay Star News