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Gay Guide Myanmar
Male homosexual relations are illegal according to the Penal Code 1882-88. There have been no reports of any recent prosecutions under this legislation and a social tolerance towards homosexuality prevails. There is no gay scene as such most gay life takes place in public places. In this respect, Myanmar customs are more like those in India than its south-eastern neighbour, Thailand. Cruising is popular. Despite the ban on male homosexual acts, a Gay Pride event was able to go ahead in Yangon for the very first time in 2012 with 400 attendees. Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat in the country's general election at the beginning of November 2015, as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory that would ensure it can form the next government. Myanmar is a unique and fascinating destination where you will find a charming, kind and gentle people unfortunately terrorised by one of the world's most corrupt political regimes. Nevertheless tolerance towards homosexuality exists and there appears to be little social prejudice. Gays were very open, it's possible to see obvious gay couples visiting temples together and holding hands. Most locals are fascinated by foreigners and its very easy to strike up conversations and to meet other "singles".
Cities in Myanmar
Name: Myanma Pye
Location: Southeast Asia
International country code: 95 (omit 0 from area code)
Language: Burmese, English
Area: 676,552 km² = 261,969 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Kyat (K) = 100 Pyas
Religions: 89% Buddist, 5% Christian, 4% Muslim, 2% other
Climate: Myanmar has a tropical climate with three seasons; the hot season between April and May; the monsoon between June and October and the cool season between November and March.