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Celebrating Diversity: Siem Reap’s LGBTQ+ Pride Week 2023

Pride Month is celebrated around the world in June, but in Cambodia, Pride Week is celebrated in May. This year it will take place from May 12 to 15 in Siem Reap, Battambang, and Phnom Penh.

Pride in Siem Reap

The events in Siem Reap will kick off on Friday, May 12:

  • Opening night at the iconic Shinta Mani Hotel, from 6 to 9 pm. The event will feature a photo exhibition, poetry readings, a fashion show, and a live art painting by an artist from Phare Ponleu Selpak, KARONA.
  • Drag show at Barcode at 9 pm.

On Saturday, May 13, there will be a variety of events taking place throughout the city, including:

  • A community pride run, meeting point at Angkor Thom South Gate at 5 am.
  • A Nia session at Alchemy from 9 to 10:15 am.
  • A Zumba session at Beautiful Life Organization from 10 to 11 am.
  • Pride race from 2 to 5 pm.
  • Tapas & Music night at Navutu Dreams at 6 pm.
  • Rendezvous Night at Rendezvous bar from 8:30 pm until late.

On Sunday, May 14, there will be more event:

  • Community bike ride from 7 to 10 am.
  • Pride Brunch at FCC Angkor from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
  • Fitness sessions at Bambujaya from 3 to 4 pm.
  • An LGBTIQ+ themed nerd night at Pomme at 7 pm.

Pride Month is a time to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and to raise awareness of the challenges that they face. The events in Siem Reap, Battambang, and Phnom Penh are a great opportunity to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community and to learn more about their experiences.

One program in particular, Friends With Benefits, has allowed various businesses and institutions to show their support by helping to raise money for the local LGBTIQ+ drop-in center. A Place to be Yourself, who have recently moved into their very own space (and who welcome an average of 300+ local visitors per month). Each place will offer a percentage of their sales and promotions during these days.

Planning to attend an event or activity?

Check the Pride Cambodia Facebook page for more details.

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