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The situation of human rights in Laos has been recognized as a cause for concern since the socialist forces took charge in the 1970's. For gays, penalties, fines and imprisonment have in the past been imposed on Lao citizens who were seen to breach the social norm or become inappropriately intimate with foreigners. However, more recently, gays are quietly becoming visible within Lao society and gay business entrepreneurs and managers are setting the trend with stylish boutique operations. Nevertheless, the government is not going to allow a sex industry to emerge publicly as it has in neighboring countries. The Lao are modest in their behavior and expect visitors to be the same.
As a gay Asian man who works in the tourism industry and loves to travel himself, Romey Louangvilay’s goal is to make travel more inclusive for everyone. A finalist in Forbes’ 2016 Top 30 Under 30 in Marketing & Advertising, Louangvilay is head of communications, overseeing public relations, social media and influencer marketing, at a… Read more »
Gay Star News talks to a prominent LGBT rights activist Anan Bouapha in the sleepy South-East Asian nation of Laos At the end of last month Laos celebrated its first gay pride with an event at the US consulate. Lao LGBT rights activist Anan Bouapha was one of the organizers. He talks to Gay Star… Read more »
On Saturday, June 23 at 1530 the U.S. Embassy is sponsoring an event called “Proud to be ourselves.” The purpose is to celebrate diversity, promote tolerance, and raise awareness of sexual and emotional health issues among youth (especially in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community) in Vientiane. This event is being coordinated with… Read more »
1 In Laos, Chinese Motorcycles Change Lives 12/07 (background story) 2 A Deadly Harvest of Cluster Bombs in Laos 4/08 (background story) 3 Looking for the other side of Laos 10/08 4 Mekong Erotics 1/09 5 High HIV prevalence amongst men who have sex with men in Laos 3/09 6 Laos tackles transgender taboos 6/09… Read more »