Due to the politics of its military regime
42 and a half
million people live without basic human rights and
homosexuality is in principle illegal. Consequently there is no
visible gay scene. However, Burmese society is rather tolerant
of homosexuality and there is little social prejudice. Gay
people are in general accepted without comment. As in many other Southeast Asian countries, affectionate
behavior in public between people of the same sex is very
common, although that doesn't mean one is therefore gay.
Considering all of these aspects one could say
that contrary to gay love affairs gay
behavior is usually fairly open. The gay scene throughout the
country is relatively low-key.
Burmese schoolboys in uniform (Tachileik)
Schoolboys in Myanmar wearing a longy, the typical
Burmese long sarong.
Yangon, also known by its former English name
Rangoon, is an exotic city with over 5 million people. It is
situated at the convergence of the Yangon and Bago Rivers a
short distance away from the Gulf of Martaban. Very different
from many other Southeast Asian cities this bustling place
offers a remarkable mixture of new and old, blending both
Burmese and colonial influences from its past. In several areas
of the city there are obviously gay boys cruising the streets.
83/91 Bo Aung Kyaw Street, Central Yangon.
Gay cafe with a hair salon in front and a
club behind. It has live music on most nights.
Sayar San Road, Bahan.
Gay-owned cafe and bar owned by
a famous hair-stylist with several hair salons around
Corner of Anawyatar Street & Shwedagon Pagoda Road.
A mixed bar with gays hanging around at
the bar and on the pedestrian overpass outside. It also has
an upstairs balcony overlooking the street.