BY ERIN HIGGINS
Nobel Peace Prize Winner and opposition leader of Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, is urging the country’s people to let go of the anti-gay stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS, and for the decriminalization of homosexuality.
In Burma, homosexuality is punishable by fines and up to ten years in prison. These anti-gay laws are not strictly enforced, and studies show that LGBT acceptance is on the rise among the people of Burma. “Because of stigma, many people do not come to receive life-saving treatment or prevention services. This is costing lives,” Suu Kyi said at the HIV/AIDS regional Asia-Pacific conference on Tuesday. “We need an Asia-Pacific community of compassion to end discrimination.”
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