Myanmar has hosted its first ever public LGBT festival to “acknowledge equality and basic human rights”. THe event is to be attended by 6000 of people. And in spite of that fact that being gay is illegal in the country, the organizers received an official permission to hold the event, unlike previous years where they have had to host it in a discreet garden at the French Institute. “I would say this is not just for the LGBT community. This is for the whole country, acknowledging equality and basic human rights,” festival co-director Hla Myat Tun told Channel NewsAsia: The event runs across two consecutive weekends and has activities such as a drag queen race and handbag throwing and also showing LGBT-related films. It also has a “Human Library”, where LGBT people tell their personal stories as part of the festivals with educative and entertaining purposes.