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Too late for the party, LGBT advocates vow political push

in THAILAND, 29/12/2013

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are preparing to found a political party to strengthen their calls for equal sexual rights _ but it won't be in time for the election. The party will be named the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Rights Party, or the SOGIE Rights Party (SRP).

The timing does not imply the LGBT's support of a poll date delay, as demanded by anti-government protesters, the organisers said.

Its co-founders argue the idea of having their own voice in parliament is still taking shape and they need to go through the registration procedures.

"We cannot do it in time for Feb 2," party co-founder Chumaporn Taengkliang told a meeting of members of the LGBT community Saturday.

Politically, its advocates say the party can draw members from both the pro- and anti-Thaksin camps.

Socially, the party expects to push laws to ensure equal treatment for people of all sexes, especially the LGBT whose status is still not widely accepted in society, said party co-founder Patcharee See-eaw.

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