Tag Archive | Thailand

Thailand: LGBT and anti-gov’t protesters join Pride Parade

Thailand: LGBT and anti-gov’t protesters join Pride Parade

(Reuters) – More than 1,000 members of Thailand’s LGBT community, and anti-government protesters, joined in a Pride Parade on Saturday to call for equal rights, as well for the ousting of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and reforms to the monarchy. A protest movement that emerged in July has drawn a wide range of interest groups, […]

Gay Thai protest leader who emerged with a kiss

Gay Thai protest leader who emerged with a kiss

(Reuters) – It was with a kiss that student activist, Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree, first took centre stage in Thai politics. His embrace with his boyfriend at parliament, as they campaigned for gay marriage rights last December, shocked conservatives and stirred a social media storm. Nine months on, the changes he now demands for Thailand are even […]

Thai Buddhist monk backs LGBT equality

Thai Buddhist monk backs LGBT equality

With his simple saffron robe and shaved head, Shine Waradhammo stands out at the often loud and colourful LGBT+ events that he occasionally attends in Bangkok, listening intently, taking notes, and engaging cheerfully with anyone who approaches him. As a monk, Waradhammo is a rare – but welcome – presence in the LGBT+ community as […]

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 […]