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PNG’s ‘gay village’ offers sanctuary, hope

AFP, PORT MORESBY

Bola works with clinics on changing attitudes in the medical profession, but said that it can be a struggle at times.

Being gay in PNG is “like survival of the fittest,” the 51-year-old said.

However, small pockets of tolerance show that attitudes can change with increased “exposure” to the LGBT community, campaigners say — something Baita has seen firsthand with her father.

“When he first came here, seeing gay people, my father couldn’t try to understand them. He was so angry. They are men, but they tend to ... dress up like ladies,” she said. “He was angry, but they continued to live with us year after year, and he came to accept them.”

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