Gay-guide-Asia-and-Cambodia was established in 2014 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Original purpose of the site was to help LGBTQ population of Cambodia and Asia in their quest to gain equal rights and get informed about health issues facing gay population.
The main purpose have gradually evolved. International Gay Guide cover much wider audience and their interests. LGBTQ population has interests in fashion, entertainment, gay rights world wide, gay travel. Our domain name stayed the same but site is now called International Gay Guide
People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities. All ages and all socioeconomic statuses. The perspectives and needs of LGBTQ people should be routinely considered in public health efforts. Goal must be to improve the overall health of every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender person and eliminate health disparities.
In addition to considering the needs of LGBT people in programs designed to improve the health of entire communities, there is also a need for culturally competent medical care and prevention services that are specific to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population. Social inequality is often associated with poorer health status. Sexual orientation has been associated with multiple health threats. Members of the LGBT community are at increased risk for a number of health threats when compared to their heterosexual peers.
Differences in sexual behavior account for some of these disparities. Others are associated with social and structural inequities, such as the stigma and discrimination. Gay, lesbian and bisexual population experience much higher levels of discrimination. We particularly hope to reach gay, lesbian and bisexual youth and provide information. That need is present not only in Asia but world wide.
These pages provide information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. Links to other information sources and resources are also provided. Some of this information is designed for members of the general public.
International Gay Guide is providing sexual education and covering issues in mental health facing LGBT – gay community (gay relationship, coming out, acceptance and self-acceptance), gender and LGBT youth.
LGBT artists have historically existed outside the mainstream art world. This position has given them a unique perspective to comment on a range of themes and issues, pertaining to gender, identity and society in their art.
In spite of this historical bias there are many names who have broken through and enjoyed A-List status in contemporary art circles. But it has not been easy.
News covering LGBT arts and artists – performers – in music world, film, literature, theater and literature. Entertainment news and current affairs. Gay, lesbian and bisexual performers are much more open about their sexuality than ever. This particularly applies to coming gay, lesbian and bisexual youth.
History of LGBT arts and artists
As the global visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) community increases, the discussion of the market’s economic impact continues to gain traction. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the travel industry. Gay and lesbian people tend to travel more than their heterosexual counterparts. Travel industry is aware of importance of gay and lesbian persons for its development and survival. We can see that in increased marketing and advertising targeting gay, lesbian and bisexual persons. Gay and lesbian youth are particularly looking for travel opportunities to regions where they can feel free about their sexuality.
In our Travel section we will try to present various travel destinations popular among LGBT travelers and to find new destinations that could be interesting and exciting. Travel safety is very important for gay and lesbian travelers. Some regions and countries that are generally safe for travel are not friendly with gay and lesbian travelers.
In our hotel reviews we will not necessary cover only gay or lesbian owned and operated hotels and guest-houses nor only “gay friendly” ones. Gay and lesbian youth tend to be happy to find travel arrangements outside traditional gay owned and operated facilities. Hospitality industry is aware of that. Many hotels targeting gay, lesbian – LGBTQ youth travelers advertise as being “gay friendly”
We welcome your suggestions and sharing your experience (good and bad). If you want to share your travel experience and story please contact us.
We wish you happy, safe and exciting travel!
LGBT rights in Cambodia
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Cambodia when it involves non-commercial acts between consenting adults in private. While traditional cultural mores tend to be tolerant in this area, even expressly providing support for people of an intermediate or third gender, LGBT rights legislation has not yet been enacted by the ruling government.
The Khmer language recognises male (“pros”) and female (“srey”) as the dominant genders, but also includes term kteuy (equivalent to the Thai “kathoey”) for a third gender intermediate between the other two: it describes a person who has the external physical characteristics of either pros or srey but behaves in a manner appropriate to the other. As in Thailand, the term kathoey now refers almost exclusively to the physiologically masculine pair of this term – i.e., physical males who have a female identity, most often expressed in cross-dressing.
The broad category of kteuy covers two distinct sub-groupings, “short hairs” and “long hairs”. Short hairs (sak klay) are men who dress and identify as men but have sex with “real” men; they are usually married, and very few of them have sex exclusively with men. Long hairs (sak veng, also called srey sros, “charming girls”), identify and behave as women, and may use hormones and surgery to change their physical gender. They call themselves kteuy, but may be insulted if outsiders use this term.
“Real men” (pros pith brakat), men who identify, appear and behave as “pros”, are the object of desire for both long and short hairs. All “real men” are, or will be, married; some have sex only with women, but others have a range of sexual partners.
Kteuy face significant problems of social acceptance (including issues relating to marriage and children) and violence. The general social environment towards kteuy is tolerant, but those who transgress gender behaviour are nevertheless treated with contempt and subject to discrimination (“real men” with important jobs who engage in same-sex relations hide their lifestyles). Some “real men” are violently prejudiced against non-real men, and may attack or rape them. (Former King Sihanouk once commented that “real men”, not minorities, are the source of violence in society).
The cultural tolerance of LGBT people has yet to advance LGBT-rights legislation. While the cultural mores and Buddhism tends to produce a degree of tolerance for LGBT people, harassment and discrimination still occurs and there is also intense social pressure to marry and raise a family.