People in Myanmar protest against gay sex ban

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Activists in Myanmar are urging people to paint their little finger pink. This is how they express their opposition of the archaic legal ban on homosexual activity in the country and tackle the persecution which is quite common for the local LGBT community. The campaign was launched on January 22 ahead of Yangon Pride, with activists calling on legislators to overturn the ban on gay sex and to enact a new law that could have legally protected the LGBT+ citizens of Myanmar from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Fronting the campaign is Swe Zin Htet, who is Miss Myanmar and represented the country at the Miss Universe contest in December. She came out publicly late last year, shortly before she was due to compete. Meanwhile, deputy director of Colors Rainbow Hla Myat Tun told AFP that the LGBT community needs protection and recognition from the country. The “Pink Pinky” campaign comes just two months after a report revealed the shocking extent of violence and persecution facing the LGBT+ community in Myanmar. The report – which was produced by the Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights – tells the stories of LGBT+ people in the Asian country to illustrate the extent of the shocking treatment queer people experience.

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