A percentage of profits from the sale of each calendar goes to a local charity which supports young Cambodians get a better start in life. A trained hair stylist, he opened Space Hair in and expanded it into a bar later that year. This summer, he launched the well-received and practically hot to touch 'Men of Cambodia' calendar, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the country. Sopheap pictured above outside Space arrived in Phnom Penh with a vision. Like many gay men growing up in rural areas, he knew he had to relocate to the big city to find other gay men and start living openly, as himself. By day, Space Hair Salon and Bar is an unassuming place to fashion yourself a new 'do'. In a small, unassuming bar in the center of Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, a new generation of young Khmer men are starting a revolution.
Situated a short hop, skip and a jump from the Tonle Sap river which flows through the city, Space is the brainchild of entrepreneur Chuk Sopheap.
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But Sopheap had even higher aspirations, setting out to celebrate sexuality, the beauty of his country, and the sex appeal of his fellow countrymen. By night, it's a rip-roaring, pec-pumping, drinking den hotbed of handsome young Khmer men only too willing to serve you your favorite sin-drink with a smile, a tricep-flex and a flirt. Like many gay men growing up in rural areas, he knew he had to relocate to the big city to find other gay men and start living openly, as himself. The businesses now employ more than 20 Khmer men, many of whom also relocated to Phnom Penh in search of acceptance. Hailing from the city of Battambang in northwestern Cambodia, he experienced anti-gay discrimination and bullying in his teenage years. It's not a political uprising, a protest at alleged government corruption, nor an initiative to reduce widespread poverty in the country; it's goes far deeper than that.