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Bangkok Pride Parade demands reforms and rights for sex workers

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The Thai LGBT community was joined by anti-government protesters in yesterday’s Pride Parade in Bangkok, which travelled from Sam Yan intersection to Silom. The parade took on a more political tone this year and was calling for democracy and equal rights, amid the usual demands for the resignation of Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and reforms to the role of the monarchy. Some 2,000 people had joined the march by the time it reached Silom.

The parade was titled “Parade of the Proletarians”.

The usually colourful pride parade took on a more sombre tone as the “Seritoey Plus”group of black-clad people gathered at Sam Yan intersection around 3.30pm. Many of the marchers were dressed in black. The protest disbanded peacefully at 9pm.

A Free Youth-allied group focusing on LGBT community people marched in downtown Bangkok on Saturday afternoon to demand democracy and equal rights.

Once the demonstrators reached Silom Road there were a series of speeches and performances to explain their demands.

Members of Thailand’s LGBT Community have been regular participants at the rallies since the latest movement kicked off in July this year. They have brought a bit of colour to the otherwise drab protest attire.

The march’s organisers say the objective of the gathering was to stimulate the economy brought to its knees by the Covid-19 outbreak and the mismanagement of the current government.

Some of the signs they were carrying said… #รับเลือดกะเทย (AcceptKatoeyBlood) #สมรสเท่าเทียม (EqualMarriageRights) and #LegaliseSexWorker.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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    gosport

    Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 11:50 am

    This parade is parade, everybody loves it.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Oh they will add a little GAYety to the proceedings.

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    Issan John

    Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    The minimal number of participants (2,000) shows just how little support there is for any sort of “Gay Pride” in Thailand, compared with over 30,000 in London and Sydney, where there are usually half a million “supporters” watching the parade.

    In Pattaya and Phuket the parades have virtually died out, attracting only a few hundred participants in a good year primarily as advertisements for the gay bars – they weren’t helped by being held as part of International Aids Day, with the inevitable implication that Aids was a gay issue which was exactly the opposite to the message many gays were trying to get across.

    Pride parades have always been about taking “pride” in being gay, while for most gay Thais is nothing to be proud or ashamed of but it’s simply nothing more than the way they are and were born.

    It’s rather absurd that it’s been partly hijacked by anti-government protests (just as gay rights activists have part-hijacked anti-government protests), since although a number of previous governments have backed gay rights and discussed gay marriage / partnership, this is the first government to actually do anything about it with a Civil Partnership Bill that was approved by the Cabinet in July as the first step to full Civil Partnership rights, equal to marriage.

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    BLM

    Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    This protest was sponsored by George Soros.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Some king of England once said of homosexuals: As long as they do not do it in the road and frighten the horses, it does not matter.
    I agree with that king.

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      Issan John

      Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      More likely to have been an Irish queen than an English king 🙂

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    john smith

    Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Yes they should be given reform and rights since it was them who kept the country alive and well pre covid.

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