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ILGA-Asia’s 5th conference has just opened in Bangkok. Biggest international LGBT meeting in Asia ever

in THAILAND, 29/03/2013

“Politicians talk of the diversity of Asia. We are the diversity. They talk of the colours of Asia. We are the colours of Asia. We are the very essence of what Asia is”. Sahran Abeysundara, ILGA-Asia Co-Secretary General.

There's an air of triumph in the air in Bangkok: ILGA-Asia’s 5th conference is the biggest international LGBT meeting in Asia in history (about 200 participants) and it is finally re-convening after the disastrous events of Surabaya 2010, when extremists stormed the host hotel before the previous conference even got underway.

“In spite of the people in Surabaya who tried to stop us and some other people in Asia who keep trying to stop us, we never give up, we can not be stopped!”
Poedjiati Tan, ILGA-Asia Co-Secretary General

The 5th ILGA Asia Conference's opening plenary featured keynote speeches from Gloria Careaga and Renato Sabbadini, ILGA Co-secretaries General, Ms. Anjana Suvarnanada of Anjaree and Mr. Kittinun Dharamadhaj, president of Rainbow Sky Association Thailand. Also present during the opening ceremony were Dr. Taejing Siripanich, Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand and Poedjiati Tan and Sahran Abeysundara, ILGA-Asia Co-Secretary Generals.

“We get frustrated when people say, “Oh, Thailand is good, we should all go live there! Thailand seems tolerant but we’re not happy, help us!”
Anjana Tang Suvarnananda, from the Anjaree Group and the Sexuality Diversity Network of Thailand

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