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LGBTI in Mongolia fighting for rights and recognition

Activists and members of LGBTI community are demanding to be heard in the land of Genghis Khan, a nation that used to be tolerant Anaraa Nyamdorj has been born thrice. The first time was 40 years ago, in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, when “I was born in a female body”. Nyamdorj says that once… Read more »

Inside Mongolia’s Only Gay Bar

At the only gay bar in the most sparsely populated independent country in the world, Zorig Alima tells me he’s a “penis shaman.” The proprietor of d.d/h.z says he can confidently predict men’s penis sizes and sexual predilections. He gives my companion a disputable “reading,” and dashes away to tend to friends and customers, explaining,… Read more »

How many MSM with HIV are there in Ulaanbaatar?

Since the identification of its first HIV case in 1992, Mongolia has had continued low prevalence of HIV. According to MOHS sources, as of May 2016, Mongolia had a cumulative number of 212 identified cases of HIV. Mongolian men who have sex with men and transgender people bear the brunt of these cases. The 2014… Read more »

Gay Mongolia: Discover Mongolia’s Only Gay Bar

During our travels in Mongolia, we spent a lot of time in the capital city, Ulan Bator during the popular Naadam festival, where we discovered a subtle gay scene. Despite being a very traditionally conservative country, we found Mongolia’s only gay bar called Hanzo, which has since rebranded and re opened (from June 2015) under… Read more »

Being LGBT in Asia: Mongolia Country Report

Summary Being LGBT in Asia: Mongolia Country Report provides an overview of LGBT rights in Mongolia including the current challenges facing and opportunities available for LGBT organizations and individuals in the country. The report encompasses the major discussions, findings, and recommendations from the Mongolia National LGBT Community Dialogue held in Ulaanbaatar in March 2014. The… Read more »

Mongolian LGBT community skeptical over anti-discriminatory law reforms

Ulaanbaatar: The Mongolian government has begun reforms of the country’s legal system to prevent discrimination but the LGBT community and rights activists remains skeptical saying it falls short of tackling hate crimes. Hate crime has emerged as a serious issue in Mongolia with numerous attacks against the country’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender population, according… Read more »

LGBT community celebrates Pride Month in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar: The LGBT community in Mongolia is celebrating Pride Month of June with live music, open discussion on equality rights and cultural events. Three events celebrating LGBT pride were being held in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, where half the country’s 2.7 million people live. The “LGBT Pride (‘Rainbow’) Month” events were organized with help… Read more »

An LGBT Centre in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Editors’ Note: The Mongolian LGBT Centre is this year’s awardee of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s Felipa de Souza award, which honors human rights defenders working on LGBT rights each year at it’s a Celebration of Courage gala. Today’s guest bloggers are LGBT Advocacy Programme Manager Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel and Youth Programme Manager… Read more »

From Genghis Khan to the cult of the cut sleeves

I stumbled across a story today that I found interesting and thought I’d share it with our readers. Researchers have reconstructed Genghis Khan’s code of laws and found that homosexuality was punishable by death. Homosexual acts were punishable by death under Genghis Khan’s rule, according to researchers who spent more than a year compiling the… Read more »