LGBT Community Marks 8th Annual International Transgender Day

AKP Phnom Penh, The community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in Cambodia today marked the 8th annual International Transgender Day of Visibility ("TDOV") under the theme "Transgender Resistance".

On this day, the community urged the Royal Government of Cambodia to take action to protect their rights, including the introduction of legislation giving effect to transgender people's right to be legally recognised according to their self-defined gender.

They also called upon the Cambodian public to accept, embrace and celebrate transgender Cambodians as full participants in Cambodian society and development.

According to a joint press release of a group of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Cambodia, today is a day for discussion, education and action surrounding rights and issues of the transgender community.

This group of CSOs also appealed to the Cambodian public - and especially the parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning ("LGBTQ") children - to accept and equally value transgender Cambodians, and to embrace a culture of tolerance, inclusion and non-discrimination.

LGBTQ rights are human rights, and all individuals must be safeguarded against mistreatment, harassment and discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity "(SOGI").

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press