Thursday, February 17, 2011

Buddhism and homosexuality Overview. Argument from basic principles.

"LGBT" refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered persons and transsexuals.


Apparently, the Buddha did not leave any specific teachings on either homosexual orientation or homosexual behavior. He strongly encouraged his followers to be independent, to "be a lamp onto yourself." That is, to examine and test the truth of religious teachings before accepting them.

Buddhism is most concerned with whether an action is helpful, based on good intentions, and free from harm. Thus, a specific activity can sometimes be either permissible or not permissible, depending upon its context. This differs from the positions taken by conservative faith groups within Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc. They often evaluate a specific sexual activity itself, and decide whether it is good or evil according to a system of morality derived from that group's interpretation of their holy text(s). Often the nature of the relationship is immaterial.

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The Coming out in the Kingdom: Lesbian & Gay

CCHR releases report examining the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, December 9 -- The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) today releases a report entitled Coming out in the Kingdom: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Cambodia (the “Report”). The Report is the first publication produced by the LGBT Rights Project (the “Project”) implemented by CCHR and supported by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education.

There have only been a small number of studies of the situation of LGBT people in Cambodia to date. Most of these have focused on health issues related to sexual behavior. This Report looks at the current situation for LGBT people in Cambodia from a human rights perspective, noting that LGBT people are entitled to exactly the same human rights as others in the community. The research in the Report was supported by interviews with approximately 60 LGBT Cambodians, conducted in September and October 2010. The interviews took place in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Pursat, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Takeo, and Sihanoukville. CCHR met with interviewees in both groups and on a one-on-one basis. The interview structure was informal. The Report notes that LGBT Cambodians face unique challenges, including ostracism from their families and communities, which often leads to economic hardship, as well as discrimination from employers and authorities such as the police.

CCHR hopes that the Report will serve as a useful tool for raising awareness about the challenges facing LGBT Cambodians today and encouraging acceptance of LGBT people in families and communities throughout Cambodia. CCHR will continue to work with LGBT individuals and groups to support them in their efforts to document and report discrimination and abuse and advocate for recognition of their fundamental human rights. The Report is available to view or download in Khmer and English on the Cambodian Human Rights portal and on the CCHR website

For more information, please contact:

Srorn Srun
Project Coordinator, LGBT Rights Project
Cambodian Center for Human Rights
Tel: +855 81 202 444

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

"Cambodian Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual and Transgender"

Healthy LGBT is not mean Health Diseases but about Human Rights Equality!
This is event:
Human Rights for Everyone:
Celebrating Cambodia’s LGBT Community on International Day Against
Homophobia and Transphobia
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (“IDAHO”) is celebrated every year
on 17th May. It is coordinated by the Paris-based IDAHO Committee founded and presided over
by the French academic and gay rights activist Louis-Georges Tin. 17th May was chosen as the day
for the event because it marks the date in 1992 that homosexuality was removed from the
International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization. IDAHO is celebrated in
more than 50 countries around the world. Cambodia’s Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(“LGBT”) community and its supporters will come together to celebrate IDAHO as part of
Cambodian Pride Week 2010.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Taza Cafe is a place where LGBT can find a private rooms to chat, share experience and well serve with excellent food and coffee by our profesionals!


TAZA CAFÉ is Phnom Penh’s newest and hottest café deli where we serve not only great coffee and tea, but also sell fantastic Asian and European food. While the typical cafés around Cambodia only boast about their coffee and building fixtures, we however offer much more than gimmicks and the ordinary. Some of the key features of TAZA CAFÉ are fast & free Wi-Fi, delicious Khmer and foreign food for breakfast and lunch, international TV programs/news broadcast, art hall, small library, educational classes (i.e. English language, computer literacy), and most uniquely, LGBT support services for the community! Our overall aim is to provide a friendly, comfortable, productive and educational environment for everyone. Come visit us!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sexual and Reproductive Health are Recognized around the World as Human Rights

Coming out in Phnom Penh

Weeklong LGBT Pride Festival celebrates the Kingdom’s homosexual culture

Drag divas Deedee (left) and Oak perform at Phnom Penh’s Blue Chilli bar in August 2008. The gay-friendly bar scene has heated up in the city in the past several years.PHNOM Penh is hosting its seventh annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Festival until May 17, a weeklong event that celebrates LGBT culture and provides practical support for those in the gay community.

Over the past few years, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have seen the opening of an increased number of gay bars, and last year’s festival was attended by 50 women from the provinces, perhaps showing that “open” gay culture is not only limited to the cities.

Cambodia, along with other predominantly Buddhist countries, enjoys a reputation for tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality.

In some ways gender and sexuality are more fluid here than in Western societies. There are considered to be three genders: male, female and khtuey. Generally speaking, khtuey refers to men with feminine characteristics who are also usually gay.

When people talk about Khmer culture being accepting of homosexuality, what they’re usually referring to is khtuey, which actually represents only a small section of the LGBT community.

When compared to other Asian countries, Cambodia has a less draconian stance. In January of this year, for example, Beijing authorities closed down the Mr Gay pageant an hour before it was due to start, confirming that China’s attitude towards the gay community is undecided at best.

Meanwhile, there hasn’t been any official opposition to the Kingdom’s Pride Festival, but ongoing “morality” crackdowns are sporadic and unpredictable, with the definition of immorality ever-changing.

Tolerant views of the LGBT community are not shared by everyone. The lack of public hostility and aggression toward LGBT people does not mean that homosexuality is widely accepted in Cambodia or that discrimination does not take other forms.

Homosexuality has never been illegal in Cambodia, but there are currently no laws protecting people against discrimination based on their sexual orientation, and ignorance can lead to victimisation of LGBT people by others.

“Sometimes people will say rude or hurtful things, but they don’t think they’re discriminating,” said Lang, a student in Phnom Penh.

Many believe that being gay is accepted in Khmer culture but only when it’s presented in a way that does not threaten the traditional family structure.

“My family don’t know I’m living with another woman,” said Heng, a bar worker.

“If they did I don’t think they would talk to me anymore.”

But a handful of activists in the LGBT community are working to educate the public about homosexuality. One of the festival organisers, Srorn Srun, is a project manager for Marie Stopes International, which offers vital sexual health services, including HIV/AIDS referrals and advocacy work for gay men.

“There needs to be more focus on the causes of HIV/AIDS in the gay population. In our advocacy work we try and educate people about what it is to be gay and encourage communities to be accepting,” says Srorn Srun.

Srorn Srun said the situation is particularly difficult for gay women because they keep their sexuality a secret and face more societal and family pressure to get married and follow convention. Lesbians and transgender people in particular lack support in areas that don’t affect gay men. For example, unlike men, who can marry and have gay relationships, it is very difficult for a married woman to have the same autonomy outside the home.

“I know a lot of gay men who are married. I don’t know any lesbians who are. Once they’re married there’s no opportunity for them to meet other lesbians,” said the owner of a gay bar in Phnom Penh.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Healthy People Companion Document for Lesbian, Gay, Bixesual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health

C o n t e n t s:

I n t r o d u c t i o n . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 1
Access to Quality Health Services. . . . . .. . . 2 7
C a n c e r.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 7
Educational and Community-Based Programs. .. . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2
Health Communication.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 5 1
H I V / A I D S . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 7 2
Immunization and Infectious Diseases. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 9 7
Mental Health and Mental Disorders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 0 5
Nutrition and We i g h t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 4 0
Public Health Infrastructure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 5 8
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Infections) . . . . . . . . . 2 9 8
Substance A b u s e. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 3 0
Tobacco Use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 5 2
Violence Prevention. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 7 6
A p p e n d i c e s
Appendix A: Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . 417
Appendix B: Acronyms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435
Appendix C: LGBT Definitions .. . . . . . . . . . . . . 443
Appendix D: Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 451
Appendix E: Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 477

For the detail document please visit