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Myanmar Holds First LGBT Boat Pride Parade

This is the fifth year running for the festival.

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Hundreds of people cheered on Sunday as rainbow-coloured boats carrying LGBT revellers sailed in the waters of Myanmar’s Yangon city in a sign of growing acceptance for the community in a socially conservative country where gay sex remains illegal.

It was the country’s first pride boat parade, a part of Myanmar’s annual LGBT festival, Yangon Pride, organised by non-profit &PROUD to celebrate the fight for acceptance and against the stigma the community faces, reports Efe news.

The first part of the fifth edition of the festival concluded on Sunday and the second will be held over the next weekend.

Around 300 people enjoyed the three cruises on Saturday, about two hours of journey each way along the Yangon River.

“Every year we make (the festival) bigger and bigger and this year we pushed a lot. Every year, we take a few more steps into the city,” said Willem van Rooij, co-director of &PROUD.

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Thai LGBT community participates in Gay Freedom Day Parade in Bangkok, Thailand. VOA

Myanmar laws consider sexual activities between people of the same sex illegal which is punishable with up to 10 years in prison .

Nikki Rangoon, a 22-year-old trans woman, told Efe news that the greatest support came from the people despite the government and authorities ignoring the community.

This is the fifth year running for the festival.

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&PROUD renamed it Yangon Pride last year to anchor it to the global Pride movement for LGBT people.

This year’s festival also featured an exciting line up of award-winning films, live performances, talks and activities to promote greater understanding of the rights and identities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people, according to the organisers. (IANS)

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LGBT-Identifying Females are at Increased Risk of Substance Use, Claims Study

Early adolescence is a critical period for prevention and intervention efforts

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The pattern of increased substance use for youth who identify as sexual minorities is magnified significantly for females. Pixabay

Females who identify as sexual minorities may face an increased risk of substance use that shows up as early as age 13, researchers said.

The pattern of increased substance use for youth who identify as sexual minorities is magnified significantly for females, according to a study published in the Journal of LGBT Youth.

“We saw this striking difference in substance use at age 13 and there was rapid increase in the rate of cigarette and alcohol use over time,” said study lead author Sarah Dermody, Assistant Professor in Oregon State University in the US.

The researchers also noted that early adolescence is a critical period for prevention and intervention efforts.

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Females who identify as sexual minorities may face an increased risk of substance use. Pixabay

For the study, 2,200 urban girls (heterosexual as well as those identifying as lesbian/gay or bisexual) were studied for substance use from age 13 to 20.

The researchers found that disparities in substance use between heterosexual and sexual minority girls were already present at age 13 and the difference in substance use increased as they entered their 20s.

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“The findings suggest that early prevention and intervention efforts may be needed to reduce initial use and slow the escalation of substance use among the population,” Dermody said. (IANS)