Watch the video below and then read on for five reasons why Thailand is a gay-friendly destination.
If you’re thinking this is just another tourism board attempting to slip their sticky fingers into our pink pockets without taking real action to support LGBT rights, think again. Here’s five fast facts on why Thailand is a true leader in LGBT rights.
5. Legal rights
Homosexual activity has been legal in Thailand since 1956
To put this in perspective, homosexuality only became legal in the USA in 2003 after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of us during Lawrence v. Texas.
4. Government protections
Sexual orientation and gender identity are specifically protected in the Thai constitution
While there are no stand alone laws protecting the LGBT community, both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are specifically mentioned and protected from discrimination in the Thai Constitution.
3. Bangkok’s gay village
Thailand has the largest and loudest gay villages in Asia
Gay travellers in Bangkok must visit Silom to experience the country’s (if not the continent’s) liveliest gay village. Outside of the capital, raucous gay districts are found in Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Even smaller cities are peppered with cabarets and gay hangouts!
2. Military service
Thai LGBT people can serve openly in the military
Again, unlike America where Trans people were recently banned from serving, Thailand welcomes anyone into its military ranks.
Transgender people are widely accepted
While there are many roads to pave when it comes to transgender rights in Thailand, the community as a whole is widely accepted and in some ways celebrated. The popular opinion of trans people is extremely favourable and trans individuals are well represented in pop culture and Thai television. And although it was overturned last year in an unfortunate defeat, transgender people were legally allowed to change their gender from 1932 – 2018!
Header image courtesy of The Tourism Authority of Thailand.
All information taken from Equaldex and correct as of February 27, 2019.
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