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9 Oct 2020

First openly gay election candidate in Myanmar: 'I didn't want to lie to get votes'

The first openly gay election candidate in Myanmar, Myo Min Tun, has vowed to fight police abuse of LGBT+ people if he wins.

The 39-year-old entered politics after transgender friends told him the abuse they suffered. In one incident, officers forced them to take off their bras and kneel before touching them inappropriately.

Myo Min Tun told AFP: ‘This was a violation of their rights. And I realised there’s no one in parliament to talk about this.
‘I’m doing this to be a pioneer for all LGBT people so they know we can be anyone we want.’

Indeed, LGBT+ people have long complained of police abuse, including wrongful arrests and beatings in his township of Aung Myae Tharzan.
So he is running for a seat in the regional assembly which governs the city of Mandalay, the Asian country’s second biggest city.

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1. 2020-10-11 04:16  
Good! Less than a month to report the news...
2. 2020-10-11 07:06  
Courage in the face of adversity. Win or lose, he's drawing attention to an injustice that needs to be addressed. Wishing Myo Min Tun all the best.
3. 2020-10-12 02:09  
WOW! Good Luck! And may you be elected!
4. 2020-10-13 22:05  
Maybe some of you noticed that the mention of "Hong Kong" has been replaced by "China" on PlanetRomeo profiles located in this territory. I asked them why, and got this response:

“We happen to use Google and Apple maps, so decisions on politics, localization and borders are theirs. As the situation between China and HK is delicate, I don’t know what official decisions have been taken.”

(Original French:

“Bon il se trouve qu’on utilise le service des maps de Google et de Apple alors les prises de décisions sur la politique, la localisation et les frontières sont de leur ressort. Après la situation étant délicate entre la Chine et Hong Kong, je ne sais pas quelles décisions officielles ont été prises. Voilà ce que je peux te répondre.”)




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