A representative of the Foundation of Transgender Alliance for Human Rights (Thai TGA), along with other independent LGBT activists, has submitted an open letter to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) in response to the recent use by several media outlets of the term “sexually deviant” in news headlines.
On 19 June, a group of LGBT activists went to the temporary parliament hall at the TOT main auditorium to submit a letter asking for the formation of an LGBT rights commission. The activist group handing the petition at the temporary parliament hall (Source: Kittinun Daramadhaj)
Amidst the storm of legal prosecutions against its party leaders, the Future Forward Party (FFP) has gained a small victory after its transgender MPs were allowed to dress according to their gender identity to the opening of parliament.
On Saturday (27 April), Voice TV reported that Worawalun Taweekarn, a graduate of the Faculty of Education, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, has been denied teaching positions for the past two years because she is transgender.
On 9 April, a group of LGBT activists and representatives of ASEAN civil society organizations gathered in front of the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Bangkok to deliver a statement against Brunei’s implementation of Sharia Law, under which same-sex relations are a crime punishable by death.
Thailand is due to have a general election on 24 March, only 18 days from now. This election is the first since the 2014 military coup, and now, at the height of campaigning, it seems that LGBTQ rights are on the agenda of many political parties. Party representatives are presenting their LGBTQ rights policy on various platforms, including debate shows, and representatives of quite a few parties even attended the Chiang Mai Pride festival, which was held on 21 February 2019.
Today (29 January 2019), Jirapat, the transgender student who was denied the right to dress according to her gender identity by Chulalongkorn University, went to the Department of Women’s Affairs and Family Development (DWF) to file a formal complaint on her case.
On 15 January 2019, the Board of Administrators at the Faculty of Education at Chulalongkorn University overturned a transgender student permission to wear the university’s uniform for female students, and instead ordered the student to dress as male or face extreme penalties.