Yangon’s LGBTQ activists are stepping up to be part of a “revolution” against the military coup that rattled Myanmar recently.
Hundreds of supporters marched carrying rainbow-coloured placards with prints of the three-finger salute — a symbol of resistance borrowed from the Hunger Games film trilogy.
The community still faces widespread discrimination in Myanmar, a conservative, mostly Buddhist country, with same-sex relationships criminalised under the penal code and trans people often harassed by authorities.
Shin Thant, a well-known transgender activist, also joined the protests. Shin Thant is a former beauty queen and won Miss Trans Grand International Myanmar in 2018, but has reportedly faced harassment from authorities in the past.
“We’re coming together with everyone in our country because we’re against this situation,” a protester said.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 20/02/2021
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