Today, more than eight hundred years later, Mongolia is a sovereign country with one of the world's lowest population densities, averaging fewer than two inhabitants per square kilometer. Despite this, being homosexual continues to be considered taboo. The weight of tradition, coupled with the years under Soviet control when homosexuals were sent to gulags, remains a significant burden for gays, lesbians, and transsexuals who continue to face repression, rejection, and victimization.
Condemned to a life of secrecy, many of them are forced into prostitution, while others lead lives of solitude. The younger generation strives to escape Mongolia's borders, seeking refuge in countries such as the Philippines or Japan, where their 'condition' is more tolerable, and dreams of undergoing a sex change are achievable. Above all, they yearn for an identity that has long been denied in their native land.