Timely warning over gay rights

The gay community in Cambodia continues to suffer discrimination in every aspect of life, activists have warned, despite speedy progress being made around the world. Events are being held across Phnom Penh in support of Gay Pride week, which runs until Monday. But members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community say they are suffering within their families, at schools and in wider society, while Cambodia still has no law recognising those who undergo sex-change surgery. LGBT activist Long Malen told an advocacy event in Tonle Bassac that local authorities did not even acknowledge the existence of his community when issuing some legal documents, such as national identity cards, passports, marriage licences, poverty letters, family record books and property titles.

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