Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)

UN expert gives high marks for LGBT rights

A UN expert calls on Cambodia to legally recognise LGBT families to ensure their social integration and prevent violence and discrimination, although the Kingdom is already widely open to LGBT rights. ...

Chea Sokny

UN specialist assessing LGBT rights in Kingdom

Victor Madrigal-Borloz, an independent UN specialist on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual trends and gender identity, is on a 10 day tour of the Kingdom, at the request of the government. ...

Chea Sokny

LGBT Rights in Cambodia to be assessed by UN Independent Expert

The UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz, has started a  visit the Kingdom from Tuesday, January 10 to 20 January 2023. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Raising the profile of LGBT rights

The Cambodia Human Rights Committee has defended the government’s record on LGBT rights and urged LGBT people to protect themselves from HIV. Keo Remy, director of CHRC, said on Sunday that LGBT people should not lose hope and be depressed by discrimination. ...

Pech Sotheary

Angkor Gold to assist in promoting gender equality

Angkor Gold Corp, a Canadian mineral exploration company with operations in Cambodia, announced its participation in a three-year project with the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) to assist Canadian organisations address the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. ...

Sum Manet

‘Life Skills’ course in the works

A new school course would teach children from grades 5 to 12 for the first time about LGBT issues, sex and gender-based violence, as part of a proposed Ministry of Education curriculum.   ...

Leonie Kijewski and Kong Meta

Cambodian LGBT comes out of the shadows

Cambodia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is coming out with an assertion of unprecedented pride, in stark contrast to just five years ago when discrimination and bullying were usually endured in private. ...

Molyny Pann

Abuses prevalent for Cambodia's transgender women: study

An overwhelming majority of transgender women on Cambodia’s city streets are subject to “shocking” harassment and abuse, according to a new report from the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR). The report, released yesterday, also shines a light on a disturbing new practice that has allegedly ...

Erin Handley and Bun Sengkong

Calls to validate LGBT rights

Gay and transgender people yesterday called on the government to legalise same-sex marriage and change identity cards to reflect a person’s true gender during an event to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. ...

Pech Sotheary

Transgender Cambodians at higher risk for HIV infection

The rate of HIV infection among Cambodia’s transgender women is nearly six times higher than the national average, according to the results of a 2012 survey published in the online journal PLOS ONE this month. ...

Ben Paviour

New LGBT policies necessary: CCHR

The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) has called on schools to adopt a flexible school uniform policy to help transgender students and for the government to introduce(CCHR) anti-discrimination laws, in partnership with a USAID program worth almost $300,000.   ...

Bun Sengkong and Erin Handley

Program to deal with LGBT issues in works

The Ministry of Information says it is working with LGBT rights groups to create a regular radio program that discusses LGBT issues, with the aim of making society more welcoming. ...

Morn Vanntey

LGBT bullying endemic, report finds

Nine out of 10 LGBT students have experienced bullying in Cambodia’s schools, which hurts their future educational attainment and makes their lives harder, according to a report released yesterday by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. ...

Igor Kossov and Morn Vanntey

Ministry: stop mocking LGBT community

The Ministry of Information has written to media outlets imploring presenters and artists alike to stop mocking members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community just to gain popularity. ...

Tin Sokhavuth

For many LGBTs, a secret life

LGBT Cambodians face a formidable level of prejudice and discrimination, which for many means a life lived in secrecy and isolation, a major new study of attitudes has revealed.The survey of almost 1,600 people, straight and LGBT, across seven provinces, published yesterday, found that a ...

Jamie Elliott and Sen David

LGBT groups call for greater acceptance

The rights of LGBT people took centrestage at an event to celebrate Human Rights Day at the FCC mansion in Phnom Penh yesterday.Organised by NGO CamAsean, which advocates on behalf of marginalised people, the morning conference included a rap performance by lesbian and transgender teenagers, ...

Jamie Elliott and Sen David

Loans to fight LGBT poverty

LGBT Cambodians driven into poverty by discrimination, and sometimes forced to sell sex to survive, may soon enjoy the benefits of a new online campaign designed to raise money to help them rebuild their lives. ...

Jamie Elliott

In Cambodia, some families still try to 'cure' LGBT sons and daughter

When Meas Sophanuth started to transition in high school, his mother — afraid that her child would bring shame to the family — tried to stop what she saw as his “unnatural” behavior. The government, for instance, has recently shown support for programs combating LGBT-based ...

Dominique Mosbergen

Cambodia welcomes same-sex marriage, gov’t spokesman says

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan expressed support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Cambodia yesterday, responding to Nepal’s new constitution – which has been described as the first in Asia to enshrine protection for the rights of LGBT people. ...

Chea Takihiro

Study finds high HIV rate among men having sex with men

The infection rate of HIV has fallen sharply in Cambodia over the last five years, new statistics show, though the rate for men who have sex with men in the sex industry remains high. ...

Socheata Hean

Many split on whether Cambodia should follow US on same-sex marriage

The reach of a US Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage has been far, even in Cambodia, where the decision was much discussed over social media. That has given some in the country’s LGBT community hope, but it has also exposed divisions in ...

Sou Pisen

Cambodia gets its first LGBT magazine

The land of Cambodia is so far removed from our world, that the southeast Asian nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is only now getting its first publication aimed at LGBT readers: Q Cambodia. ...

Thom Senzee

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