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.