Fighting for LGBT rights in Myanmar with a ‘pink pinky’

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01/22/2020

LGBT activists in Myanmar campaigning to decriminalise same-sex relations are urging thousands of people to paint their little finger pink as they try to highlight the issue ahead of elections later this year. Although space is opening up for the LGBT community in the conservative country, same-sex relations are still illegal, a legacy of former colonial power Britain. At the “pink pinky” campaign launch on Wednesday — held ahead of a Pride party in Yangon this weekend expected to attract more than 10,000 people — rights groups called for the ban to be repealed and for an anti-discrimination law to be enacted. Fronting the movement is Myanmar’s Miss Universe contestant, who came out publicly as lesbian late last year — the first to do so in the event’s history.

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