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THAILAND

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: No
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Have you adopted as an LGBTI person in THAILAND?

The majority of people visiting this site have said Never tried

I would like to but it is illegal (0 %) Tried, but denied (0 %) Yes (0 %) Yes, with my partner (0 %) Never tried (100%)

The THAILAND country survey is populated by LGBTI groups who have acted as liaisons with ILGA to identify issues affecting the LGBTI community.

Organizations were asked to discuss 4 broad subjects: the law, the mood (the social climate), the LGBTI movement as well as what would be, according to them, the most pressing campaign in their country.

Please write to countryreport@ilga.org if you have comments regarding this page.

MOVEMENT
How structured and active is the LGBTI movement in your country?
How structured and active is the LGBTI movement in your country?
The only organizations with paid staff and offices are gay-run health organizations concerned with HIV/AIDS (notably Rainbow Sky in Bangkok and M-Plus in Chiang Mai). A group of mainly foreign bar owners and residents in Pattaya organize annual pride events (but no parade). While Thailand has a reputation for its open gay and lesbian scene (there are now three lesbian bars in addition to the many gay bars, restaurants, saunas and massage parlors), the number of activists and activist organizations has usually been very small. Pride parades were held annually in the past in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket - but are no longer held. A "Sexual Diversity Network" was created in 2007 to lobby the government on (a) constitutional revision, and (b) recognition of changed sex for trans in official documents. Neither of the reforms proposed was adopted. The Network has continued to hold small annual events in Bangkok. Only one kathoey organization is known, concerned with HIV/AIDS among trans sex workers in Pattaya.
How many groups operate?
Apart from the HIV/AIDS organizations, there are almost no "organizations." Instead there are individual figures who speak sometimes on public issues. A grouping of middle class urban gay males in Bangkok, Bangkok Rainbow, seems largely inactive (after sponsoring film showings and other events). An annual Thai language LGBT academic conference met in 2008 and 2009.
How long have they existed?
The first organizations were started around 1990.
How do they interact with the LGBTI community?
Limited interaction.
How do they interact with other civil movements?
Generally no interaction (though some in the past with Amnesty International Thailand).
How do they interact with the media?
Some individuals interact with the media.
How do they interact with the government?
There was interaction in 2007, with support from the National Human Rights Commission. That interaction has not continued. The particular political openings in 2007 have gone, and Thai politics has been highly factionalized since that time.
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