Myanmar LGBTQ people plea for help

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05/20/2024

While Pride Month is around the corner in Thailand, Burmese LGBTQ people live under the Tatmadaw’s shadow, waiting for help from their Thai counterparts. “Even if Thailand and Myanmar are close neighbours, LGBTQ lives are totally different,” said Saw Zin Maung Soe, founder of the Civil Authorize Negotiate Organisation (Can-Myanmar) and chair of the Consultants Board. There has been low tolerance for LGBTQ people in Myanmar, he said. The group is vulnerable to discrimination, and the situation grew worse after the coup on Feb 1, 2021, he said, adding LGBTQ people are targeted for abuse.

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