Q: Is there any law against homosexual activities in Cambodia?
A: No, Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Cambodia when it involves non-commercial acts between consenting adults in private. While traditional cultural mores tend to be tolerant in this area, even expressly providing support for people of an intermediate or third gender, LGBT rights legislation has not yet been enacted by the ruling government.
Q: How Cambodian people accept LGBT?
A: Discrimination in such areas as employment, education, housing, health care, banking and other businesses that offer services to the public on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is not expressly illegal. Likewise there is no law that expressly deals with harassment or violence against LGBT people. No politician or organized political party has publicly supported for legislation to address discrimination and harassment against LGBT people. In 2007, the Prime Minister of Cambodia publicly stated that he was disowning and disinheriting his adopted daughter because she is a lesbian and had married another woman. However, in the same statement, Hun Sen stated that he did not want other parents to mistreat their gay children. Despite the decision of the Prime Minister, and the lack of civil rights protections, the 1990s saw a desire of more LGBT Cambodians to come out of the closet, and stand up for their human rights and dignity. The Government generally allows gay bars to exist, along with annual pride festivals and some degree of political activism on behalf of LGBT-rights. Several organizations have arisen to sponsor social activities for LGBT people as well as campaign for human rights and dignity, e.g., Cambodia LGBT Pride!, M Style and many more. While not officially sponsored by the government, there is also an active business for LGBT tourists visiting Cambodia. In 2010, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) established the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project to empower LGBT people throughout Cambodia to advocate for their rights and to improve respect for LGBT people throughout Cambodia. In December 2010, the CCHR published a ground breaking report on the situation of LGBT people in Cambodia.
Q: Is same sex marriage acceptable in Cambodia Law?
A: Law on Same Sex Marriage has not yet been regulated. In February 2004, the issue of gay rights in Cambodia was discussed by then King-Father Norodom Sihanouk. King Sihanouk wrote on his web site he was impressed by marriage of same-sex partners in San Francisco, and that if his people wished for gay marriage to be legalized in Cambodia, he would do so. King Sihanouk also stated that he believed that God views homosexuals, as well as transvestites, as equal because "[God loves] wide range of tastes".
Q: What is the customs in Cambodia that LGBT should be followed?
A: There are no specific rules or customs for LGBT. However, Cambodian gay and lesbian still follow code of traditional customs. In Cambodia it is not polite to make eye contact with someone who is older or someone who is considered a superior.
Q: Are there any gay-friendly hospitality and tourism services in Cambodia?
A: In February 2011, after some Cambodian tourism businesses have set up a global campaign called “Adore Cambodia!” to let LGBT tourists know they are welcome in the country, the Ministry of Tourism welcomed this initiative. "We have no policy to discriminate on sex, national and religious grounds. We really support them," said So Sokvuthy from this Ministry. The country generally allows gay bars to exit. Most hospitality and tourism services are Gay and lesbian-friendly.
Q: Are there any big events for the Gay community in Cambodia?
A: Cambodia's first ever LGBT Pride celebration was held in 2003 in the capital city of Phnom Penh. It is now a yearly event that openly celebrates the diversity of Cambodia. Once a taboo subject, there is an increasing acceptance for homosexuality among Cambodians. In 2006, about 400 Cambodians in the Gay and Lesbian communities came to support and celebrate Gay Pride
Q: Are there any social nudity places in Cambodia?
A: No, there are not.