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Suportado ng LGBTQ: Miss Myanmar Swe Zin Htet umaming tomboy

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Muling pinag-usapan sa buong mundo ang Miss Universe 2019 ­dahil sa pagsali ng openly gay contestant mula sa bansang Myanmar. All-out lesbian nga ang taga-Myanmar na si Swe Zin Htet at inamin niya na humaharap siya sa matinding diskriminasyon mula sa kanyang home country dahil illegal ang same sex relationship sa bansa niya.

Ayon sa Myanmar Times, “members of the LGBTQ+ ­community can still be prosecuted for being who they are and loving who they love. They are verbally teased and beaten, and being gay is, ­punishable with a lengthy stint in prison.

“A majority of people in Myanmar are not accepting of this. But my goal is to make them look at me and others that are like me just the same.

“LGBTQ people in Myanmar do not have equal rights and I want to change that. I feel like if I am open about my sexuality others will open up, too.”

“This decision was a little bit difficult for me because I’m shy. I thought it would help me more than hurt me by coming out as a lesbian and being true to who I am.

“The LGBTQ community in Myanmar and across the world have been so supportive of me since coming out,” sey ni Zin Htet.

Manalo o matalo sa Miss Universe si Zin Htet, walang pagsisi ito na nilantad niya sa buong mundo ang tunay ­niyang pagkatao.

“I feel like myself now that I’m open about being a ­lesbian,” she says. “I will work hard for the LGBTQ community to be accepted not only in my country, but across the world.”

Ang platform ni Zin Htet ay ang matulungan ang ­maraming kabataan sa kanyang bansa na biktima ng child abuse.

“Childhood rape is very common in my country. My platform allows me to make sure that the people who are ­committing these crimes will be punished.

“I want perpetrators to be punished and for parents to be aware of the problem. But most importantly, I want to make sure people are more aware of this issue by spreading ­awareness across social media.”

Nakikipagtulungan ang UNICEF with Myanmar para sa issue na ito. They are training judges and local police ­officers in how to respond to cases of child sexual abuse. (Ruel Mendoza)

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