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Women hold candles while observing a moment of silence in People’s Park in Yangon. Photo: Zarni Phyo
LGBT community's Transgender Memorial Day

in MYANMAR, 30/11/2013

A candlelight commemoration ceremony was held last week in Yangon’s People’s Park for transgendered victims of hate crimes. Gay and lesbian participants observed a two-minute silence at the event, which was also celebrated in 10 other townships throughout the country.

The Memorial for Transgenders on November 20 was intended to raise general awareness of the gay, lesbian and transgender (LGBT) community, said Ko Tin Ko Ko, coordinator of the Kings N Queens LGBT Group.

“We hold this Memorial Day to let them know the [history],” said Ko Tin Ko Ko.

Similar events were held simultaneously in Myitkyina, Monywa, Shwebo, Kyaukpadaung, Pyay, Mandalay, Kalaw, Lashio and Kawthaung, said Ko Hla Myat Tun, program officer of the organisation Colour Rainbow.

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