Thailand still lags in LGBT issues

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05/19/2019

In what appears to be a historic move on LBGT rights, Taiwan has legalised same-sex marriage, with the law sailing through parliament by 66 to 27 votes. Thailand has earned recognition for its tolerance towards LBGT people which to a large extent allows gay people to be open about their sexual identity. But the country needs to aim higher than becoming a gay-friendly destination or risk complacency with what society believes to be a tolerance to LGBT people that is still superficial in various aspects. In fact, there is more room for the country to make improvements on LGBT issues especially in the area of rights protection to the group. What is needed is a law and policy that addresses discrimination for gay people including job opportunity and promotion.

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