Thailand faces LGBT pressure on marriage rights


Thailand’s blossoming gay community is generating new business opportunities, including bars and cafes. The Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a campaign targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors in 2018 that has involved roadshows in Asia, Europe and the U.S. But the country still has some way to go in terms of embracing the community. In mid-December, the Bangkok Post reported that activist Ekkawat Pimsawan submitted a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage to the opposition Pheu Thai party in a bid to draw attention to the issue. “We gain a partial acceptance from the society,” Kittinan Tharamathat, president of the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand, an LGBT rights group, told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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