Gay life in Myanmar – interview with gay local boy Aung Zuy

Myanmar is a very conservative and religious country with around 89% of the population practising Buddhism. In addition, it has retained the old colonial homophobic laws inherited from the British Empire.

Whilst Queen Elizabeth in the UK recently “signed” gay marriages into law, 150 years ago, Queen Victoria oversaw section 377 of the 1860 Penal Code being passed into law, which criminalised sodomy with up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine. Although section 377 remains today (like similar laws in India and Sri Lanka), we couldn’t find any recent enforcement of it.

Since 2010, the military government of Myanmar has made sweeping political reforms which opened up the country more, particularly press censorship. This has since allowed better reporting of LGBTQ issues and therefore with it a lot of development for the Burmese LGBTQ population, for example:

But what’s it really like? For us, we always felt welcome as a gay couple traveling in Myanmar, however, as foreigners, we appreciate we’ll always only see a glimpse of the true reality. In Yangon, we met local gay guy, Aung Zuy, who told us what it was like growing up in gay Myanmar and also about gay life in Yangon. We have unfortunately had to make this interview anonymous to protect Aung Zuy’s identity – this is not his real name.

Gay Uruguayan boy Rodrigo tells us about gay life in Uruguay

What’s the first country that comes to mind when you think of tango? We’re guessing Argentina, right? You’d be half right. Back in the 1880s, the tango was invented by the urban lower classes in the Rio de la Plata basin, which includes both Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

As such, both Argentina and Uruguay claim equal ownership of the tango. In 2009, they made a successful joint application to have tango listed in the .

We attended the Uruguayan LGBT Chamber of Commerce conference where queer tango was showcased by these two extremely handsome Uruguayan boys, Juan and Rodrigo:

We were spellbound, completely transfixed! Sure they’re damn hot, but we also wanted to learn to dance like that!

We  tracked them down and found out they not only dance tango, but also do classes at the famous . After a few lessons, we sat Rodrigo down to find out more about queer tango and the gay life in Uruguay.

Gay Uruguayan boy Rodrigo tells us about gay life in Uruguay

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Stefan is the co-founder, editor, and author of the gay travel blog As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times, Pink News, and Attitude Magazine. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practiced as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more .

Hello Stefan. I’ll be visiting Yangon and Bagan in May. Can you recommend any gay guides or tours? Thanks.

Hey, there is a gay friendly place in yangon called Ô’Thentic who do lgbt gay night on every are drag show on every 2nd and last tuesday of each month.OThentic brasserie in yaw min gyi street

I was really excited to read your article and wasn’t disappointed. It was really interesting reading about what it’s like to be gay in Myanmar. I currently live in SE Asia in a smaller town and there isn’t much of a gay scene. It’s interesting to see similar views in most SE Asian countries.

Hey love reading your blogs. Really informative n gets me excited to visit these destinations. Thanx buddy.

New gay friendly bar and restaurant in the expat area of Yangon. Othentic is a French creperie and wine bar at the corner of yaw min gyi and bo yar niung street. Every Tuesday is the friend s Tuesday which is popular in the gay community

Hello, Bonjour and Welcome to our travel blog. We are Stefan and Sebastien a French/Greek gay couple from London. Together, we have been travelling the world for over 10 years. Nomadic Boys is our gay travel blog showcasing all our travel adventures as a gay couple.

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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor, and author of the gay travel blog As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about traveling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends, and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gaycation Magazine, Gaycities, Gay Times, Pink News, and Attitude Magazine. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay-specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practiced as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more .

Love this blog! But where do I find the lesbian women in Montevideo?!

We’re not sure tbh. Is there a lesbian equivalent to Grindr to try to connect with local gals?

how do I find out more about tango Macho lessons? I will be in Montevideo for two weeks starting at the end of January 2020

Not quite sure about tango is it exactly and where did you hear about it?

Never knew Uruguay is such a nice country in terms of gay culture. How sweet those pictures are. Thanks for sharing

Looks like so much fun down there. Rodrigo is enjoying life! Awesome stuff. He’s super-ripped too. Jelly of those abs LOL. Uruguay looks like an absolute blast. My best bud visited Punta Del Este a few years back. Loved it.

Great read, you guys. And they look amazing dancing ! It’s so cool you had a chance to try learning tango as well. Would love to go to Uruguay one day.

Hello, Bonjour and Welcome to our travel blog. We are Stefan and Sebastien a French/Greek gay couple from London. Together, we have been travelling the world for over 10 years. Nomadic Boys is our gay travel blog showcasing all our travel adventures as a gay couple.

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