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Pride is a working group of Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK). RoCK is a voluntary non-profit group which aims to support Cambodian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (LGBT) by recognising and promoting the need for equality and respect regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). The pride committee consists of volunteers who work together with NGOs and local businesses to reduce discrimination based on sexuality and co-ordinate events to help nurture and strengthen the LGBT community in Cambodia.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

11th- 17th May saw LGBT people coming out to celebrate Phnom Penh Pride which coincided with International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) 2009!

Thank you to everyone who came out and was proud at Phnom Penh Pride! We had lots of fun including, film festivals, art exhibitions, drag shows, games, beauty pageants, lots of parties! Apart from the partying we also had very important workshops for the Khmer LGBT community to let their voice be heard. We welcomed international LGBT friends from across the globe and national LGBT friends from the provinces of Cambodia and Phnom Penh was full of the Pride love! This is just the beginning so please do continue to stay in contact so we can let you know about new events!

We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has helped so far by donating their time, energy or money! Without you Pride would not be possible.

The following organisations have been involved in organising and hosting the events this year, please show your appreciation by supporting these local businesses and NGOs

Pontoon Night club in Phnom Penh, Sisowat Quay (The Riverside) opposite street 108.

Every Thursday is the gay night 'The Gloryhole':

  • Outrageous Cabaret and hugely funny live show on every week at 11pm.
  • International DJs including Vagina Dentata, DJ Oz and Dockyard Doris spin upbeat House and International sounds that you won't find anywhere else in Phnom penh.
  • Come cruise the handsome men, both local and International, share a dance enjoy a drink.
  • Doors open at 9pm $1 Drink promos include: $1 Asahi Beer $1 Vodka+mixer $1 Gin+mixer

Blue Chilli Pub One of Phnom Penh's most popular gay venues. Next to National Museum, Street 178. Email: bluechillipub@gmail.com http://www.bluechillipub.net/

The Salt Lounge Another excellent gay bar just off the river front #217 Street 136, Phnom Penh. info@thesaltlounge.com

Meta House Exhibition space with regular film showings Street 264, #6, Sangkat ChaktomukKhan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh(South of Wat Botum Pagoda) Mobile +855 - (0) 12 - 607 465Fixed +855 - (0) 23 - 224 140 http://www.meta-house.com/

MHSS A dynamic motivated group working with men who have sex with men and transgendered people, drug users, entertainment workers and factory worker on health problems and other related issues

Bandanh Chaktomuk National MSM (men who have sex with men) network which promotes access to health services and advocates against stigma and discrimination

Mstyle Khmer Information and support service for Gay men in Cambodia http://www.mstylekhmer.com/?idCat=0&lang=2

Special thanks to the following people for their generous donations...

Gay Russia
Charley Todd (USA)
Pauline McMahon (Ireland)
Edward Decker (USA)
Kevin Jennings (USA)
VSO vol (Cambodia)
Dundalk Outcomers (Ireland)
Kevin Mulhern (Ireland)
WAC (Cambodia)
Kate Gray (Cambodia)
Jef (Cambodia)
Amrita Performing Arts
Fred Frumberg
Robert McQueen
Dana Java Cafe

and the many others who have also pledged donations

...and thank you to the following organisations and websites for the support they have shown:

IDAHO International Day Against Homophobia Committee http://idahomophobia.org/wp/?lang=en

Asia Life Magazine aimed at Expats living in Asia http://www.asialifeguide.com/

Providence Youth Student Movement http://prysm.us/ourvision

Utopia Asia Website with Asian gay & lesbian resources http://www.utopia-asia.com/

Queer Cambodia A blog on gay life in Cambodia http://queercambodia.blogspot.com/

Dragon Castle A website entertaining, informing,and supporting Thai and Asian gay community since 1995 http://www.dragoncastle.net/

Thailand Scene Website for the GLBT community in Thailand http://www.thailandscene.com/

Richards Gay pub and restaurant in Bangkok http://www.richards-bangkok.com/

How you can help...

Right now, what we we need is all of the gorgeous gays, lady loving lesbians, beautiful bisexuals, tremendous transgendered types and happy heteros (and all in between and anyone who is proud!) to come out and celebrate! Help us make this Phnom Penh Pride, the best ever.

Check out some of the pictures from previous prides to see the kind of fun that is in store...