Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gay allure in Cambodia’s ancient city

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — It wasn't so long ago that gay life throughout Cambodia played out under a tree after nightfall. Or perhaps in the darkest corner of a public pool's changing room.

In much of the country, it still does. "Maybe it's by the river, maybe it's in the park," said Sopheara You, who is 38, Cambodian and openly gay. "Everyone knows the secret places."

But in Siem Reap, the fastest-growing city in this hardscrabble kingdom, the secret is out.