Tag: cambodia gay rights

Hun Sen marks World AIDS Day

Cambodia was recognised for having a treatment rate of over 99 per cent for HIV-positive persons, which is the highest rate in the Asia Pacific region. As of the second quarter of this year, there were 63,610 HIV-positive patients receiving anti-viral therapies free of charge from state-run hospitals, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The… Read more »

LGBTQ faces discrimination in workplace, says CCHR report

The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) issued a report this month revealing workplace discrimination faced by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community in Cambodia. Along with the report, the CCHR in a press release on Sunday said: “LGBTQ individuals face discrimination in accessing employment. A fifth of respondents said… Read more »

LGBTQ Cambodian community, queer Khmer activist shares story

For June, which is designated LGBTQ Pride Month, Q Voice News features a series of first-person essays under the theme What Pride Means To Me. This article is written by queer Khmer activist Hunny Hach. Happy Pride. What Pride Means To Me: I’m queer and I’m Khmer People give me a second look when I… Read more »

Same-sex discrimination declines

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) released a report on Friday which showed that discrimination against same-sex partners in communities has decreased, but they lack major legal protections. The report, released in conjunction with the May 17 International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, made numerous references to the 2017 research report entitled Cambodia’s… Read more »

Cambodia’s government says it has a good record on LGBTI issues

HIV rates are on the rise among LGBTI people Cambodia’s Human Rights Committee says it has done a lot to help LGBTI people. The CHRC’s director, Keo Remy, made the comments at a special event on the weekend. The event marked the ten year anniversary of LGBTI organization, Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK). Remy said Cambodia’s… Read more »

Same-sex couples tie the knot in Cambodia in a stunning public ceremony

There were smiles all around as the same-sex couples felt proud to show off their relationships in public Same-sex couples in Cambodia declared their commitment to each other in a colorful public ceremony. They wanted to help raise awareness about LGBTI rights. The couples entered into Cambodia’s version of civil partnership known as the Declaration… Read more »

Trans violence widespread in Cambodia

Senrith Sereyroth remembers with horrifying clarity the day she was gang-raped. It was in 2005, 10 years after Sereyroth, a transgender woman, began working in the sex trade. Standing near Independence Monument, she was approached by two men with $10. They took her to an unknown location, where 10 men were waiting. “When they realised… Read more »

What’s It Like to Be LGBT in Cambodia?

Gay-friendly bars, drag shows, gay spas and saunas. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Cambodia’s other urban centres have got the lot when it comes to catering for the LGBT scene. Visitors would be forgiven for thinking the country is accepting of the community. However, growing up gay in Cambodia can be a very different story.… Read more »

Despite legal hurdles, Cambodia’s LGBT couples are adopting – and changing minds

When Heng Ny laughs, hundreds of lines run across his face. Sitting in front of his simple house with cats and chickens at his feet, discussing his relationship is what brings out a smile. He and his wife seem like an average couple, but one thing is different: Ny is transgender. Although they now live… Read more »

The Khmer LGBTIQ+ Experience

A Special Session Of The 7th ILGA Asia Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Dec 4 – 8, 2017). Presented by APCOM in partnership with the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh Click here for the PDF with all the info on teh conference Source – APCOM.org

‘Rainbow couples’ fight for approval

While a large number of transgender and homosexual couples in Cambodia live together, marry and adopt children, they still face stigmatisation and discrimination in their daily lives, a new report by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights released today shows. For the report, titled Cambodia’s Rainbow Families, CCHR conducted interviews with 121 individuals either currently… Read more »

Cambodia’s LGBT Community Finds Its Voice With Q Magazine

Phnom Penh: Cambodia, a country known for its abysmal human rights record and gender inequality, is now home to a print magazine geared toward the LGBT community and its allies. Q Cambodia, the country’s first gay magazine, seeks to entertain, inform and bring more visibility to the community through interviews, stories and photos of both… Read more »

Cambodian LGBT Comes Out of the Shadows

Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is coming out with an assertion of unprecedented pride, in stark contrast to just five years ago when discrimination and bullying were usually endured in private. Gay groups have formed non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the pink economy is proving lucrative for LGBT-friendly bars and… Read more »

Report highlights extensive bullying of LGBT students in Cambodia

A report released by the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) reveals six out of ten students experience bullying at school due to their sexuality. In the report, “LGBT Bullying in Cambodian Schools,” 62% of the people surveyed said they had experienced bullying in school, nearly all of those who did (94%) said they felt… Read more »

For many LGBTs, a secret life

LGBT Cambodians face a formidable level of prejudice and discrimination, which for many means a life lived in secrecy and isolation, a major new study of attitudes has revealed. The survey of almost 1,600 people, straight and LGBT, across seven provinces, published yesterday, found that a third of the 478 LGBT people questioned had not… Read more »

Loans to fight LGBT poverty

LGBT Cambodians driven into poverty by discrimination, and sometimes forced to sell sex to survive, may soon enjoy the benefits of a new online campaign designed to raise money to help them rebuild their lives. Micro Rainbow International, a non-profit organisation aimed at lifting LGBT Cambodians out of poverty, unveiled a new crowd-sourcing platform on… Read more »

 Poverty among gay people in Cambodia common but often ignored

Phnom Penh, Cambodia Phally barely scrapes together enough money to survive by selling fried papayas on the streets of Phnom Penh. The 27-year-old gay man would like to expand his small business to sell chicken wings and desserts. But it has been impossible to get a loan, adding to a long list of problems he… Read more »

Poverty among gay people common but often ignored – campaigner

Phnom Penh – Phally barely scrapes together enough money to survive by selling fried papayas on the streets of Phnom Penh. The 27-year-old gay man would like to expand his small business to sell chicken wings and desserts. But it has been impossible to get a loan, adding to a long list of problems he… Read more »

Male Victims of Sexual Violence Struggle for Voice

A recent spate of cases of alleged sexual abuse of boys, several involving directors of child welfare NGOs, has drawn renewed attention to the prevalence of such crimes in Cambodia. Yet the male victims of such abuse remain shut out from support services due a perception that only women and girls can be victims of… Read more »

Cambodia commits to stopping new HIV infections by 2020

The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, has committed to stopping new HIV infections by 2020 and ensuring the sustainability of its HIV response. This comes as Cambodia allocates US$ 3.7 million of national funding to HIV treatment from 2015 to 2017. This is the first time that the government has earmarked funds for its… Read more »

Cambodia gets its first gay men-only hotel

Cambodia: The first gay boutique hotel in the Cambodian capital exclusively designed for men has been opened the heart of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. “Not only are we gay-friendly, but we are a men-only hotel,” says the hotel’s press release which appeared in arthurandpaul.com and which urged patrons to visit Cambodia’s first ever… Read more »

“Cure the problem not the people” – Landmark report on LGBT rights in Cambodia presents facts, experiences, and recommendations

Phnom Penh – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Cambodia continue to face abuse and discrimination at home, at school, in the workplace and in the media. LGBT rights advocates are calling protection from ill treatment and for equal opportunities, according to the first comprehensive report of its kind released today. According to… Read more »