Watch: Life in the Shadows: Silent suffering in Myanmar’s LGBT+ community

When a Coconuts Yangon reporter recently called up Win Htein, a senior aide to Aung San Suu Kyi, to ask about what the new government plans to do to protect LGBT rights, he laughed "Burma is not like the West Gender issues are not important," he said He's wrong Discrimination against LGBT people is written into law in Myanmar, where gay sex is illegal and police routinely arrest transgender women in Yangon...

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Coconuts Yangon Lgbt+

Yangon has no shortage of pride. Fab Nights are some of the biggest events on the social calendar, and the &PROUD Film Festival is always well-attended. There are still problems, though. LGBT+ folks face discrimination, especially from police who have targeted them under the so-called ‘darkness law’, an archaic rule used against those ‘acting suspiciously’ or being in a ‘suspicious place’. The media have documented cases of transgender people being accused of sex work and targeted for harassment and bribes. We cover these issues widely on Coconuts Yangon. We aim to give a voice to vulnerable members of the community and to celebrate advances on the course to freedom.