Thailand: Kingdom still divided over LGBT rights

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10/09/2020

The passage of pro-rights bills pertaining to civil partnerships of same-sex couples has promoted greater rights for those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) community in Thailand, but some LGBT+ advocates are still challenging the prevalent stereotypes and discrimination still existent against the gender diverse community. The recent approval of the government’s civil partnership draft bill, and the amendment to the civil and commercial codes, bode well for same-sex couples. If ratified by parliament, Thailand will be the first country in Southeast Asia, and the second in Asia after Taiwan, to legalise same-sex unions. Nareeluc Pairchaiyapoom, director of the International Human Rights Division at the Ministry of Justice, dismissed a rumour that the civil partnership draft bill was sent back to her agency, noting the bill is now in the first stage of passage in parliament.

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