International Day against Homophobia has been held on the 17th May every year since 2005 and denounces homophobia and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people all over the world. In over 80 countries worldwide homosexuality is still illegal and in several of these countries the punishment may be death.
Last year, Cambodians celebrated their fourth LGBT Pride celebration in May to coincide with IDAHO 2009. This was the first year we had a week of activities aimed to strengthen the LGBT community, build self esteem and provide a safe space for socializing. There is no law against same-sex relationships in Cambodia; neither does the law recognize marriage between same-sex partners.
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