LGBT pride week starts in Cambodia.

Cambodia has just kicked off its 2011 LGBT Pride Week. This is the country’s third official celebration. The week began with a wonderful art show by local and international LGBT artists, as well as a short documentary on last year’s LGBT Pride Week. In the coming days, the German Cultural Centre will screen a variety of movies dealing with LGBT issues. In the kick-off speech, one of the organizers commented that the Cambodian film community has taken an interest in LGBT issues and many of the movies being shown over the week will be in Khmer.

Just this morning, I received an email from Avaaz: “24 hours to stop Uganda’s anti-gay bill.” What a difference. In Cambodia, while there is still a long way to go in terms of eliminating discrimination – as there is in Canada and most other countries – there is a growing public sphere for discussing these challenges and coming together as a community to celebrate. In Uganda, such celebration would likely have to happen in private. Please take a second to remember the murder of Ugandan LGBT activist David Kato and to sign the Avaaz petition.

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