How LGBT Burmese see themselves; plus Singapore, Indonesia

LGBTQIA news from Southeast Asia, a part of the world I care about after living in Thailand and Indonesia.


Discussions of anti-LGBTI attitudes and laws in Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar (Burma) are a focus of the latest edition of the online Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, which has as its theme “Queer in Southeast Asia.”

The review also presents similar articles about Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, which are not included in the world’s 76+ countries with laws against same-sex intimacy.

These are the online publication’s summaries of the articles about Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar:

  • LGBTI couple in Myanmar (Photo courtesy of Kyoto Review) LGBTI couple in Myanmar (Photo courtesy of Kyoto Review)

    “Familial Transphobia and Kinship of Opens in Myanmar.” David Gilbert contends that for transgenders in Myanmar legal issues are of relatively minor concern compared to the intensity of opposition and social exclusion they face from their own families. Gilbert argues that many, perhaps the majority, of transgenders in Myanmar are only able to live openly by leaving their birth families and establishing alternative forms of kinship…

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