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Interview: Anjaree Foundation Founder Anjana Suvarnananda on the Fight to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage in Thailand

Following recent positive developments in France, US and UK, the fight continues in Thailand for a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Here, BK talks to Anjana Suvarnananda, 54, the founder of the Anjaree Foundation, about why this law should be passed and why the movement is held back by Thai LGBTs’ own lack of self-acceptance.

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17th August 2013 00:09

Alessia Valenza

Society instructed me to be unconcerned about inequality. I grew up in the upper-class and never associated with poor people. I never walked on the street. I never took a bus because my parents had a driver to take me around.

Don’t even talk about democracy. We were under a dictatorship fully run by the junta. We had a vote but it meant nothing.

Thailand was extremely class-oriented. Even universities were divided by class such as Thammasat for rich kids and Ramkhamhaeng for poor kids.

I grew up eating rice but didn’t meet a farmer until I studied at Thammasat. They came to Bangkok calling for justice, as many farmer activists were killed when they tried to speak up for their rights back then.

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