This year’s Yangon Pride Week, celebrating Myanmar’s LGBTIQ community, is the biggest yet

&Proud LGBTQ Yangon Pride Banner – via &Proud Facebook Page
&Proud LGBTQ Yangon Pride Banner – via &Proud Facebook Page

Yangon Pride has arrived, and its organizers &Proud have a pretty solid schedule of activities lined up for the week.

From January 25 to February 3, Myanmar’s LGBTIQ community is painting the town rainbow, with four separate events throughout the city — there’s even going to be a Yangon Pride Boat Parade, which will include live music, rainbow-colored decorations, and a bar. 

This isn’t the first public pride event in Yangon, but the Pride Boat Parade is the city’s first pride “march”, although the organizers admit that this is just “another step towards organizing a pride march in Yangon” — meaning, we should have one on land to look forward to, too, someday.

&Proud, which is a non-profit that runs arts and culture events for the country’s LGBTIQ community, is starting off the week with a bang, with tonight’s Yangon Drag Night. That’s happening in Thakin Mya Park from 7.30pm to 10pm, which will be followed by three days of community performances, film screenings, and competitions scheduled across Jan 25 to Jan 27.

From Feb 1 to 3, the French Institute will continue Yangon Pride with film screenings and discussions and workshops.  

All the events are free of charge and require no tickets, so you can just show up to join the festivities — the only exception is the boat parade, which will require tickets purchased in advanced. You can get them at Thakin Mya Park tonight – hurry up though, there are limited seats, specially for foreigners because the organizers are prioritizing local LGBTIQ community members. 

The full schedule can be found on the &Proud Facebook event pages and the group’s website.

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