State TV to Air Talks on LGBT Issues: Activist

After meeting with a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists Monday morning, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said he promised to give them airtime on state broadcaster TVK for a roundtable discussion about the challenges they face.

“They suffer many misunderstanding from both family and press,” Mr. Kanharith said in a Facebook message when asked why he decided to set aside airtime for the activists on state television.

Srorn Srun, founder of the Cam ASEAN Youth advocacy group, who was among those at the meeting, said the group spoke to Mr. Kanharith about a range of issues.

“He seems to be supportive of people [attracted to the] same sex and he told his officials in the meeting to organize an LGBT roundtable to be broadcast on state-run TVK to give us a chance to speak about our challenges,” he said.

Mr. Srun said the activists plan to discuss the problems they face with their family, at work and at school, as well as advocate for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

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