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Pongsapat Pongcharoen
Bangkok governor election candidate seeks LGBT vote

in THAILAND, 18/03/2013

Former police chief, who is ahead in the polls, releases campaign ad appealing to gay and transgender vote. 'Our modern world increasingly accepts varied genders,' says Pongsapat Pongcharoen in the video, Global Post reports. 'Bangkok must be a city that understands sexual differences, not just accepting different lifestyles... it must be a friend to every difference.'

The video features images of same-sex and opposite sex couples and transgender women, presenting a vision of an equal and sexuality and gender diverse Bangkok.

But the Global Post quotes a transgender woman who says that although she 'enjoys[s] seeing something like this' she 'would love to see concrete policy to make BKK (Bangkok) a friendly city for LGBT'.

Kath Khangpiboon from Thai Transgender Alliance sees the advert as a positive development.

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