These photos capture the lives and loves of Myanmar’s trans community

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11/19/2018

Grace Baey spent a month with transgender people in Myanmar’s commercial hub, Yangon. ‘I’ve been working with the trans community in Singapore for several years now, and was curious to learn more about what the dynamics were like in [Myanmar’s biggest city] Yangon’ the photographer told Gay Star News. Her ongoing photo project explores the lives of transgender communities in Southeast Asia. Myanmar criminalizes ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’. The British introduced it in 1860 and those found guilty face up to 10 years in jail. It is the same law India’s Supreme Court recently ruled was unconstitutional. In Myanmar, LGBTI individuals face widespread discrimination in schools, the media, at work, and in their families.

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