Posted by: outandequal | December 13, 2011

Working for LGBT Rights in Mongolia

Cynthia Willson, Kevin Jones, Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel, Barb Wrigley, and Justin Tanis

On Friday, Out & Equal was pleased to welcome to our offices Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel, who leads the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Centre in Mongolia. Trained as a lawyer at the Tokyo University in Japan, he has actively been working on human rights for LGBT people in Mongolia for the past three years. Otgon’s trip to meet with LGBT organizations in the United States was sponsored by the State Department and he was accompanied by Cynthia Willson. We were delighted to be on their agenda and to hear about his experiences with organizations across the country.

Otgon shared with us the challenges that LGBT people continue to face in Mongolia and the struggles that they have had in being formally recognized as an organization. We discussed the opportunities they are pursuing as an emerging economy and the ways in which multinational businesses can make a difference when they have positive policies that protect their LGBT employees. Workplace discrimination remains rampant in the country and is very much an issue for the Mongolian LGBT community.

You can view a video about the situation that LGBT people face in Mongolia at and visit the LGBT Centre’s YouTube channel for more.



  1. Greetings from Ulan Bator,
    First of all Thank you for working for LGBT Rights in Mongolia.

    Although I should be in bed as my day starts early I decided that I could not put this to rest or it would haunt me through the day. I couldn’t be quiet any longer about the rights of LGBT. So, I started Mongolian LGBT social networking website myself.
    I do have to say that it does not matter if you are heterosexual or homosexual, love does not have any ethnicity or preference as love is for any individual who embraces there beliefs ,thoughts and commitments. Gay and Lesbian is not a disease or Satanic thing and God made all of us in his own image.
    I am a Christian too and Gay. In the case of the lay man and woman where there is mutual consent, where adultery is not involved and where the sexual act is an expression of love, respect, loyalty and warmth, it would not be breaking the third Precept. And it is the same when the two people are of the same gender.
    People have to work on saving themselves first ,before they can save other souls. If being hypocritical, judgmental, and listen to idle gossip? People should not judge what they do not understand.


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