“In the past, I only thought about casual hookups but now when I focus on finding a relationship, it’s really not easy.” “There are some people on Facebook who want a relationship but most of them are not my type,” he added.
Weekend also spoke with Ko Andrew* – who at age 35 provided a look at what recent technological changes have meant for the gay scene here.
As a gay man in Yangon, there are very few places for me to meet fellow gay men.
The city has no gay bars and hardly any public gay events.
Because of this, my community relies heavily on the internet for dating – a secret but vibrant world that’s just a click away.
I started dating online about four years ago at the insistence of a close friend.
“We used to go to the cinema, have lunch together, hang out at Botahtaung Jetty and hold hands,” he said.
“I was really disappointed the first time this happened,” he said.I learnt a lot – I guess this was my ‘gay education’.Eventually, I started to meet these Facebook friends in person.Ko Lin Thu*, a 23-year-old, said he used the internet as his first window to gay Yangon about seven years ago.But back then smart phones were much less common than they are now so gay men relied on internet cafés. We didn’t get too specific because not many men did this.” He eventually met a man – sitting two seats away from him at the internet café – who he began to date.
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