The struggle against Section 377 Myanmar Penal Code: A viewpoint from India

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Arvind Narrain makes a good point about what is happening in Myanmar regarding LGBT movement and Section 377 of the Myanmar Penal Code. In his recent blog post he notices that “In Myanmar, the LGBT movement is beginning to take root, after a long history of military rule. The reforms which began in 2010 themselves were the result of sustained protest resulted in the freeing of some controls and the release of political prisoners. This has created some space for civil society, including LGBT groups.”

He adds that “This year’s Yangon Pride showed how far the LGBT movement has come in a relatively short time. The LGBT movement is today a visible part of the social and cultural landscape in big cities like Yangon or Mandalay. However, as far as the movement has come, it has a long way to go. Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the LGBT movement is the unfavourable legal environment of pervasive criminalisation of all aspects of LGBT life.”

Read the blog post here.