Bangkok to celebrate its first gay pride after 11 years

Thailand’s capital will hold gay pride parade for the first time in over a decade.

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The gay pride parade was being held on the island of Phuket every year but this year the parade is returning to Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, as a celebration to show unified support to the LGBTQ community.

According to Mashable Paul Heymans, founder of OUT BKK, one of the LGBTQ organisations partaking in Bangkok Pride said: “It was the lack of organisation and a definite plan back then that really affected [Bangkok] Pride to go ahead.”

Rapeepun Jommaroeng,  the deputy secretary-general of Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT) and one of the organisers of the parade said that “(pride) could be another opportunity to sensitise Thai society about gender diversity issues.”

In 2015, Thailand enacted an anti-discriminatory law that specifically criminalised discrimination against people on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.

The parade is reportedly scheduled for October to November this year and will be a six-day event. The program will include workshops, film festivals, social events and a pride march.

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