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27 Jun 2014

LGBT in Burma: Rainbow shines over the Golden Land

Element Magazine explores the rising LGBT movement in Burma. In meeting with the members of the LGBT community and activists they paint a picture of life for these people in Burma.

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Tattoos all over neck and arms, blond dyed Mohawk. All right, Sue Choe is a punk. Over a cappuccino in the trendy café Coffee Circles in Yangon the 23-year-old Burmese woman laughs at this stereotyping and reassures with an amused smile: “I’m just a freestyle lesbian.” Sue Choe also takes the liberty to be a lesbian activist. “It’s about our rights,” says the young woman, who works for a TV channel.
Joining the coffee break are Myo Min Htet and Ko Ko Tin. Earlier this year in Yangon the happy couple celebrated with the help of some 400 friends, relatives and co-workers the tenth anniversary of their love with a lavish party. Tin Ko Ko, 37, dismisses Burmese media reports that the police charged them afterwards for violating clause 377 A. “The media made that up. Most Burmese media report only negative about LGTB people.” The anti-gay law 377 A is a relic of the British colonial era.
Myo Min Htet, 27, and Tin Ko Ko Tin share a house in a suburb of Yangon. “The neighbors accept us because we are manly. It would be a completely different story if we were transsexual or effeminate”, says Tin Ko Ko, who works full time with the LGTB group Kings and Queens. Myo Min Htet works with Aids Alliance. Both have already been gay activists when Burma was still under the military regime. “Our meetings were held in my shop under the guise of AIDS education,” says Tin Ko Ko, who back then was a dealer in mattresses.
Read the full article in Element Magazine here: http://www.elementmag.asia/lgbt-burma-rainbow-shines-golden-land/
Tattoos all over neck and arms, blond dyed Mohawk. All right, Sue Choe is a punk. Over a cappuccino in the trendy café Coffee Circles in Yangon the 23-year-old Burmese woman laughs at this stereotyping and reassures with an amused smile: “I’m just a freestyle lesbian.” Sue Choe also takes the liberty to be a lesbian activist. “It’s about our rights,” says the young woman, who works for a TV channel.

Joining the coffee break are Myo Min Htet and Ko Ko Tin. Earlier this year in Yangon the happy couple celebrated with the help of some 400 friends, relatives and co-workers the tenth anniversary of their love with a lavish party. Tin Ko Ko, 37, dismisses Burmese media reports that the police charged them afterwards for violating clause 377 A. “The media made that up. Most Burmese media report only negative about LGTB people.” The anti-gay law 377 A is a relic of the British colonial era.

Myo Min Htet, 27, and Tin Ko Ko Tin share a house in a suburb of Yangon. “The neighbors accept us because we are manly. It would be a completely different story if we were transsexual or effeminate”, says Tin Ko Ko, who works full time with the LGTB group Kings and Queens. Myo Min Htet works with Aids Alliance. Both have already been gay activists when Burma was still under the military regime. “Our meetings were held in my shop under the guise of AIDS education,” says Tin Ko Ko, who back then was a dealer in mattresses.

Read the full article in Element Magazine here: http://www.elementmag.asia/lgbt-burma-rainbow-shines-golden-land/

Reader's Comments

1. 2014-06-27 13:54
1. If there is tiger come to you, will you scream? will you dance? will you scream? will you release bullet? will you run? will you kill the tiger
what are the best?

2. If there is thief bringing gun/knife / pistol come to your house, will you scream? will you run? will you give everything to the thief? will you fight with?
How if you are weak and have no power? crying?

3. Look at war at everywhere in the world.
They even do not leave their land.
They fight each other

4. Gun is not only bullet, bomb, or knife or swords.
some people using libel as gun for war
Libel/lie/ mouth often sharpen than swords

5. how if gay very weak and have no gun?
gay need international protection from whom stronger probably.
2. 2014-06-28 21:11
very interesting article!

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