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Thailand elects first transgender MP to federal parliament

Thailand elects first transgender MP to federal parliament

Thailand have elected their first transgender Member of Parliament over the weekend, with voters taking to the polls at the nation’s first election since a military coup took down the government in 2014. The Future Forward Party’s Tanwarin Sukkhapisit is a transgender filmmaker who also identifies as bisexual. Speaking to media ahead of the election, […]

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Thai high school slammed for ‘avoiding sexual deviation’ seminar

Thai high school slammed for ‘avoiding sexual deviation’ seminar

A private boys school in Bangkok has been slammed by local LGBTI groups after it announced it would be holding a seminar on how to avoid “sexual deviation”. A group of local LGBTI rights groups have issued a joint statement condemning the upcoming seminar. “The seminar could foster hatred and bias for gender-diverse people,” it […]

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Bangkok to hold trans and non-binary job expo

Bangkok to hold trans and non-binary job expo

Thailand’s capital is set to hold a trans and gender diverse focused job fair on Transgender Day of Visibility this month. Trak Trans Empowerment will host the Trans Friendly Job Fair in Bangkok on March 31st, with a mission to fight discrimination in the workplace for trans and gender diverse people. Community organisations such as […]

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Thailand gives sneak peek at first official RuPaul’s Drag Race spin-off

Thailand will be the first country outside the US to produce and air an official syndication of the smash-hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Katana Group bought the rights to the format from Passion Entertainment late last year, but fans speculated it was merely to secure screening rights in the south-east Asian nation. Start your engines!! … […]

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Renewed calls for improved LGBTI rights in Thailand

Renewed calls for improved LGBTI rights in Thailand

Taiwan’s decision to embrace marriage equality has encouraged people in nearby countries to step up their calls for change. Thailand’s Justice Ministry has vowed to get behind a bill that will allow for civil unions and remove discrimination. A bill which aims to end discrimination of LGBTI people has been stalled in the parliament for […]

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Bangkok’s first Pride parade in 11 years has been postponed

Bangkok’s first Pride parade in 11 years has been postponed

Last week it was announced that Bangkok’s first Pride parade in eleven years would take place in May. The event has now been postponed until November. Out BKK, one of the organisations behind the event told local publication BK that the rescheduling was so the event was respectful of the year-long mourning period being observed […]

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Cambodia hunts for people behind offensive image of their king

Cambodia hunts for people behind offensive image of their king

Cambodian police have announced that they will arrest three people who they believe are behind a recent image which saw the face of the country’s king photo-shopped into a pornographic gay sex scene. Unlike neighbouring Thailand, Cambodia does not have a law specifically outlawing causing insult to the country’s monarch, and police have not confirmed […]

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So Loquacious: Misty Farquhar joins us to look over recent news

So Loquacious: Misty Farquhar joins us to look over recent news

Researcher and human rights advocate Misty Farquhar joined Graeme Watson and Leigh Hill for the latest installment of our podcast So Loquacious. The discussion covered LGBTIQ rights around the globe including recent developments in Indonesia, bi-erasure by the queer rest of the LGTIQ community, the recent international gay and lesbian conference in Thailand, and the […]

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Tackling HIV in Thailand

Tackling HIV in Thailand

The growing number of new HIV transmissions amongst younger people in Thailand was highlighted at the 2014 World AIDS conference last month. A survey of young gay men and transgender women in Bangkok revealed a  growing level of HIV contraction in people when they are aged 18-21. The report also highlights a high prevalence of […]

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