Thailand’s LGBT lawmakers bust gender dress code on first day in parliament

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05/16/2019

Thailand’s new LGBTI politicians busted parliament’s gender-based dress code on their first day in office. Parliamentarians representing the New Power Party dressed in T-shirts and colorful clothing on Wednesday (15 May), contravening the parliament’s formal, gender-specific dress code. But, according to Reuters, secretary-general of the lower house of parliament Sorasak Pienvej said: ‘LGBT politicians can dress as they please, but the suits or dresses must be modest’. Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, who is Thailand’s first transgender lawmaker, told the news agency ‘I wanted to make a statement: “I am here. This is who I am, and we need to address these issues.”’ Tanwarin wore a brightly-colored skirt and blazer.

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