Tag Archive | Thailand

Thailand: Cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

Thailand: Cabinet backs bill allowing same-sex unions

(Reuters) – Thailand’s cabinet approved a civil partnership bill on Wednesday, that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples, in one of the most liberal moves yet for a largely conservative nation known for its tolerance. If passed by parliament, the legislation would make Thailand only the second place […]

Thai pageant for deaf LGBT+ people fights discrimination

Thai pageant for deaf LGBT+ people fights discrimination

A Thai beauty pageant for deaf LGBT+ people is to open up to contestants from other countries in Southeast Asia, to raise regional awareness of the ‘double discrimination’ they face. Organisers of Misster Deaf Gay Thailand, which was held for the first time in February, said Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines had all expressed […]

LGBT+ art takes centre stage at Thai gallery

LGBT+ art takes centre stage at Thai gallery

Intimate portraits of friends created by a Chinese artist before he took his own life. An Indian painter’s depiction of life before and after homosexuality was decriminalised. These are some of the images on display at an Asian contemporary art show, that opened in the Thai capital, Bangkok, on Saturday, seeking to fight LGBT+ discrimination, […]

Thailand: LGBT+ activists in legal bid to force marriage equality

Thailand: LGBT+ activists in legal bid to force marriage equality

Thai LGBT+ activists submitted a legal challenge to the Constitutional Court on Friday in a bid to change laws that limit marriage to between a man and a woman, the latest in a series of attempts to achieve marriage equality in Asia. The definition of marriage in Thailand’s Civil and Commercial Code, which deals with […]

Thailand: ‘I’m ready’, says first transgender candidate for Thai PM

Thailand: ‘I’m ready’, says first transgender candidate for Thai PM

Pauline Ngarmpring thought she would take it slow as she began her new life as a transgender woman after transitioning at the age of 49. Instead, three years on, she is a candidate for Thai prime minister – the country’s first transgender candidate for the post – and her days and nights are filled with […]

Thailand: Gay couples to ‘live more freely’ with civil unions

Thailand: Gay couples to ‘live more freely’ with civil unions

Luke Cassady-Dorion believed marriage was for “boring” straight people until he met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with – Tae. But Thailand, where they live, does not permit same-sex marriage. So the couple wed in New York. With Thailand set to pass a landmark law that would make it […]

Advocates say Asia must be alert to anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Advocates say Asia must be alert to anti-LGBT+ rhetoric ahead of polls

Asian countries holding elections this year must be ready to protect the rights of LGBT+ communities, ahead of a likely rise in anti-gay rhetoric by politicians, rights groups said on Tuesday. A number of countries across the region are set to go to the polls in 2019, including India, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, and […]

Hong Kong: Two gay men challenge ban on same-sex marriage

Hong Kong: Two gay men challenge ban on same-sex marriage

Two gay men have launched separate legal bids to overturn Hong Kong’s ban on same-sex marriage, the first time the law has been challenged in court. The two men, an activist and a student, argue that the ban on same-sex marriage violates their right to equality under the Basic Law, the city’s mini-constitution. They are […]

Thai civil partnership bill ‘ignores key concerns’ – campaigners

Thai civil partnership bill ‘ignores key concerns’ – campaigners

Thailand could become the first Asian country to legally recognise same-sex couples, under a bill that would allow civil partnerships, but campaigners say it fails to address major concerns of LGBT+ people. Public consultations on the bill were held this week, and a revised version will go to the cabinet for approval by the end […]

Thai drag queens hope new TV show brings LGBT acceptance

Thai drag queens hope new TV show brings LGBT acceptance

Before his shows at a jazz club in Bangkok, Pan Pan Narkprasert, 29, slathers layers of makeup on his face, emerging after two hours transformed into Pangina Heals, a larger-than-life, purple-lipped lady with a mass of blonde hair. A professional drag queen, Pan Pan performs a weekly show at the 1930s Shanghai-inspired venue in this […]