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July 12, 2013

12 gays and transgender individuals were detained for hours, stripped off and humiliated

Gays and transgender individuals detained in a weekend crackdown by police officers in Burma’s second-biggest city have accused them of sexual abuse.

From an area in Mandalay frequented by sexual minorities, law officers arrested 12 people last Saturday night, three of whom were charged with disturbing the public, The Irrawaddy reports.

They have since complained about sexual abuse after being interned for hours without reasons for the confinement.

January 29, 2013

Gay Star News interviews Aung Myo Min who is helping to build the LGBT rights movement in Burma

Aung Myo Min, founder and executive director of Human Rights Education Institute Burma, believes the first steps towards equality are educating minority groups about human rights. It is a belief that has proved successful for building the nascent LGBT rights movement in Burma.

Gay Star News interview Aung Myo Min about the political situation now and how the Burmese LGBT rights movement is developing.

May 18, 2012

Burma publicly celebrates gay rights for the first time for yesterday's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

The 106-year-old transgender woman who addressed the first ever public gay rights rally in Burma must have seen incredible changes in her lifetime, from living under British colonialism to Burmese independence to military rule to the recent opening up.

At the first celebration of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in the Burmese capital Rangoon yesterday, a local youth brought the centenarian transgender woman to the stage during a section called Paying Respect to Seniors.

May 14, 2012

‘Our message is just to end homophobia - this is not a political issue’ says IDAHO Burma organiser

Rangoon and Mandalay, the two largest cities in Burma, will host public LGBT rights events for the first time on Thursday.

‘This year there have been some changes in Burma,’ one of the organisers of the events, Aung Myo Min from Human Rights Education Institute Burma (HREIB), told Gay Star News. ‘Whether the change is cosmetic or true, it's better to test the water.’