Drag-tastic: Pattaya hosts first Drag Queen Star 2024 pageant

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Central Marina Pattaya hosted Pattaya’s inaugural Drag Queen Star 2024 beauty pageant to celebrate Pride Month.

Held on Sunday, June 16, under the theme Thailand’s Pride Celebration 2024: Pride For All, the event aimed to foster diversity and equality within the LGBTQ+ community. This inclusive competition welcomed individuals of all genders and nationalities.

The total prize pool exceeded 70,000 baht, with the grand prize winner receiving 20,000 baht. The first, second, third, and fourth runners-up were awarded 15,000 baht, 10,000 baht, 7,000 baht, and 5,000 baht, respectively.

Thirty participants took part, showcasing their talents and creativity through captivating performances on a grand stage. Contestant number nine, Chanyapan Jareon, emerged as the winner, dazzling the judges in a Manin Mangkorn costume and taking home the top prize of 20,000 baht.

“It was an incredible experience to see such a diverse group of contestants come together to celebrate pride and showcase their unique talents.”

The competition not only highlighted the contestants’ creativity but also underscored the importance of acceptance and equality for all, reported Pattaya News.

The event drew a significant crowd, with attendees expressing their admiration for the performers. The vibrant costumes, energetic performances, and enthusiastic support from the audience created an electrifying atmosphere, added Chanyapan.

“The energy in the room was palpable. It was a wonderful celebration of inclusivity and pride.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in Pattaya before. It’s fantastic to see such a positive event for the LGBTQ+ community.”

In related news, in a display of unity and support, the European Union delegation, alongside the embassies of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, hosted a vibrant reception to celebrate Pride Month at the US Chief of Mission’s residence in Bangkok.

In other news, the Thai government is preparing to champion gender equality, anticipating that Pride Month activities will provide a significant economic boost. Deputy government spokesperson Kenika Ounjit highlighted that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s administration announced this initiative as he assumed office.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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