Activists calls for an LGBT rights commission

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)

The group, led by Kittinun Daramadhaj, Director of the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT) and LGBT activists Nada Chaiyajit and Sirisak Chaited, submitted their petition to Vichien Chawalit, Chair of the Select Committee on Drafting the Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives, calling for the formation of a commission on LGBT rights in order to push for implementation of policies on LGBT rights, including the Civil Partnership Bill.

The petition was received by Thanikarn Pornpongsaroj, the Select Committee spokesperson, and Future Forward MPs Tunyawaj Kamolwongwat, Kawinnath Takey, Nateepat Kulsetthasith, and Tanwarin Sukkhapisit.

This is the second time such a petition has been submitted. On 12 June, another group of activists handed in a petition to parliament calling for a Commission on Gender Equality. The petition asked for the commission to have the authority to consider, study, and propose policies or legislation which will support gender equality and investigate human rights violations against LGBT people, both in the judicial process and detention, in order to bring about true protection and support of gender equality.

The two petitions differ in details and were signed by different individuals and organizations.