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Gay civil union debate heats up in Thailand

Activists hope TV show, university debate and discussion at influential Bangkok Foreign Correspondents Club will move Thailand closer to legal partnerships for same-sex couples.

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27th July 2013 00:19

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

The debate into legal recognitions of same-sex partnerships is heating-up in Thailand, with a major TV show focusing on the issue, a discussion at one of the country’s oldest universities next week and at Bangkok’s Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) last week.

Two programs on LGBTI issues in Thailand, including discussion of equal marriage, anti-discrimination and gender identity law, have already been recorded for mainstream TV station Channel 9 and will be shown on Friday 9 and 16 August.

Long-serving Thai LGBTI rights activist Anjana Suvarnananda appeared on the show with a gay male and a trans woman activist. ‘The hosts asked questions that resemble what the general public ask, which is good,’ she said to Gay Star News. ‘We hope the audience will learn a lot.’

LGBTI rights supporters are trying to get as much publicity on the issue while a bill on civil partnerships for same-sex couples is drafted in parliament.

Watch the video of Kalayasiri and Survarnananda speaking at the FCC discussion here: