Sex to live myanmar
In November, Myanmar elected a new, civilian government, after decades of military rule.
Called the National League for Democracy, it is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winning, pro-democracy icon, who champions human rights.
In light of this, I asked a colleague to call a senior aide to Aung San Suu Kyi, and asked him if the NLD had any plans to improve the situation.
On explanation of the issue, he burst out laughing. “Burma is not like in the west; gender issues are not important here”.
Instead, she lived as a man while they were alive, and only transitioned after both her parents were killed in a cyclone in 2008.
“Even if we apply for jobs, people won’t hire us,” she said, bitterly, “or they pay us too little for us to survive, so finally we have to become sex workers on the streets.” M said she had been arrested many times, assaulted, sexually assaulted, and bullied in custody.
Given this, Colors Rainbow hope that the party might soon bring in legislation to protect people from discrimination based on their sexuality or gender identity.
However, the NLD came to power in April, and so far no elected member of parliament has even mentioned LGBT rights in public.
Hla Myat Tun, a representative from the LGBT rights organisation Colors Rainbow, explained that in practice this law is rarely enforced, but because it exists, LGBT people are seen as criminals.
He says the police abuse them whenever they need money, explaining that some police officers have reportedly been extorting cash bribes from LGBT people, or arbitrarily arresting them to meet quotas.