LGBT Pride boats parade in Myanmar

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Around 600 people participated in the parade, which saw a cruise-like boat and several smaller wooden vessels sailing through Yangon’s river on January 26 with hundreds of rainbow flags. It is the second Pride parade in Myanmar and the first one with boats. “Myanmar LGBT people, especially young people, are now more courageous and more ‘out’,” Hla Myat Tun, the local LGBT campaigner said. Myanmar Pride festivities this year had the theme “Heroes,” in recognition and celebration of those who are supporting the country’s LGBT+ community as it becomes increasingly visible. In January 2018, around 12,000 people attended &PROUD Festival at a park in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, where the main Pride festivities took place across two consecutive weekends, including screening queer-themed movies and drag queen performances. This is despite the fact that homosexuality is illegal in this country and can be punished with life imprisonment. Even though this law is almost not enacted, homosexuality is highly socially disapproved in Myanmar.

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