Myanmar: Transwomen suffer most bias among LGBT: report

Transgender women experience the most discrimination of all LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people in Myanmar, according to a report released by a non-government group on Tuesday.

The two-page report, entitled “Baseline Assessment Report on Promotion of Human Rights and Rule of Law for LGBT Community in Yangon” also noted that while Myanmar society has become more tolerant of LGBT people, discrimination due to sexual orientation remains rampant.

Daw Nilar Myaing, research program manager of the project, said that police tend to arrest more transgender women (men who dress and behave like women but have yet to change their sex) in public places compared with other members of the LGBT community.  

The study was conducted by Colors Rainbow, an NGO that advocates for the rights of the LGBT community. It was supported by FHI 360, an international non-government organisation that focused on improving lives of people, as well as the USAID, an agency of the US federal government that administers foreign aid and development assistance. Read more via Myanmar Times