Watch the video below and then read on for five reasons why Thailand is a gay- and LGBTQ-welcoming destination.
If you think this is just another tourism board attempting to slip their sticky fingers into our pink pockets without taking real action to support LGBTQ+ travellers, think again. Here are five fast facts on why Thailand is a true leader in LGBTQ+ tourism.
5. Legal rights
Homosexual activity has been legal in Thailand since 1956
To put this in perspective, homosexuality only became legal in the USA in 2003 after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of us during Lawrence v. Texas.
4. Government protections
Sexual orientation and gender identity are specifically protected in the Thai constitution
While there are no stand-alone laws protecting the LGBTQ+ community, both “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are specifically mentioned and protected from discrimination in the Thai Constitution.
3. Bangkok’s “gay village”
Thailand has the largest and loudest gay villages in Asia
Gay and LGBTQ+ travellers in Bangkok must visit Silom to experience the country’s (if not the continent’s) liveliest gay village. Outside of the capital, raucous gay districts are found in Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Even smaller cities are peppered with cabarets and gay hangouts!
2. Military service
Thai LGBTQ+ people can serve openly in the military
Again, unlike America, where Trans people have been banned from serving by certain administrations, Thailand welcomes anyone into its military ranks.
Transgender people are widely accepted
While there are many roads to pave when it comes to transgender rights in Thailand, the community as a whole is widely accepted and, in some ways, celebrated. The popular opinion of trans people is extremely favourable, and trans individuals are well-represented in pop culture and Thai television.
Care to join us in The Land of Smiles? We have not one, not two, but THREE tours annually:
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Header image courtesy of The Tourism Authority of Thailand.
All information is taken from Equaldex and correct as of February 27, 2019.
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