Interview with Anaraa Nyamdorj, Pioneer human rights and LGBT activist in Mongolia

Gay marriage has been firmly in the spotlight recently, but in many parts of the world the LGBT community is still persecuted. In Mongolia, there is a brave transgender activist who is standing up for his community’s rights.

Friday, the 22nd of May 2015 was a momentous day in the history of my country. With the eyes of the world watching, Ireland became the first nation on earth to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. A small island that had for centuries been held within the moralistic shackles of the Catholic Church and where homosexuality was a crime up until 1992, almost 70% of the Irish population made the decision to embrace fairness and equality by voting “yes”. Labelled in the run-up to the referendum as “the civil rights issue of a generation”, the overwhelming result was viewed by many as a powerful statement of acceptance towards a section of the population that had been oppressed for so long.

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