LGBT mis­con­cep­tion leads to dis­crim­i­na­tion

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T he two days me­dia ad­vo­cacy work­shop on les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, trans­gen­der, in­ter­sex and ques­tion­ing (LGBTIQ) was held by Lhak-Sam on 24 and 25 Oc­to­ber 2016 in Paro.

The com­mon mis­con­cep­tion re­gard­ing LGBT causes stigma and so­cial dis­crim­i­na­tion. Pema Dorji, mem­ber of LGBTIQ com­mu­nity, said that peo­ple have the mis­con­cep­tion that sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and gen­der iden­tity is a life style that is be­ing cho­sen by them, he said, it can be changed.

He also said that in re­al­ity it is not their choice but is some­thing that came to them nat­u­rally.

An­other mis­con­cep­tion is that peo­ple think call­ing LGBT in­di­vid­ual with de­grad­ing name as no­body knows their real name. Real name was com­pletely for­got­ten as peo­ple like to call them with de­grad­ing names.

Some­one who iden­ti­fies them­selves as LGBT can make the other one of them just be­ing with. “In such mis­con­struc­tion peo­ple should know that be­ing LGBT is not a dis- ease,” Pema said, adding that can be trans­ferred or spread to all the nearby peo­ple.

LGBT in­di­vid­u­als are judges as men­tally ill, ab­nor­mal and dif­fer­ent. “When I went to veg­etable mar­ket, peo­ple looked at me and laughs,” said Ugyen, a mem­ber of LGBTIQ com­mu­nity. He shares her life ex­pe­ri­ence as transwomen.

Ev­ery LGBT in­di­vid­ual has un­der­gone many stigma and so­cial dis­crim­i­na­tion. They didn’t have any sup­port, in­clud­ing their fam­i­lies, ac­cord­ing to them. “We have to be filled with fear on see­ing peo­ple as they were afraid to be called by de­grad­ing names.”

They have their own dreams and as­pi­ra­tions like any other hu­man be­ings. The or­ga­nizer said, fam­ily and rel­a­tives should show the sup­port and help to them in or­der to get equal rights.

Peo­ple also live with the mis­con­cep­tion that an in­di­vid­ual choose to be­come LGBT to gain at­ten­tion.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Lhak-sam, Wangda Dorji said, “I have two daugh­ters and two sons and I can ever tell if one of them turns out to be LGBT.” He said if they do he will un­der­stand them.

The two day course saw the par­tic­i­pants over 40 from dif­fer­ent sec­tor in­clude me­dia, film in­dus­try and Lhak-Sam among other.

Lhak-Sam is the first and only net­work of HIV pos­i­tive peo­ple formed in 2010.

LGBTIQ com­mu­nity was formed in 2014 and in­di­vid­ual ex­isted long time be­fore but was vis­i­ble only in 2013. In­for­mally a small group was formed in 2014 sup­ported by Lhak-Sam, NACP and UN part­ners.

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