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Bangkok celebrates its first Pride parade in 16 years

Despite its visibility, Thailand’s LGBTQ + community still lacks many basic legal protections (Photo: Rex)

The streets of Bangkok saw an explosion of joy and color on Sunday as it organized its first official Pride parade since 2006.

Thousands of people in an enormous array of vibrant outfits marched through the Thai capital with rainbow flags.

They were accompanied by various artists and parade flutes, including many references to traditional Buddhist customs and and dress.

Thailand has a relatively visible LGBTQ + community, especially in urban areas, but campaigners say the country is lagging behind in terms of legal protections.

Same-sex marriage has yet to be legalized, and efforts to change this have met with opposition from the government.

The Thai cabinet has agreed to give its parliament a vote later this year on the recognition of same-sex unions, but the proposal would not give gay couples the same legal rights as their heterosexual counterparts.

One of the spectacles was a same-sex marriage ceremony in the middle of the parade between Anticha Sangchai and Vorawan Ramwan.

After posing with her fiancée in her wedding dresses, Ms Sangchai told AFP news agency: ‘Everyone has the right to have a family, love and marriage with everyone they love.

Trans-beauty contest rival Maysa Petkam says people like her lack ‘basic rights’ (Photo: Rex)
Campaigns say government is not doing enough to protect its rights (Photo: Rex)
Anticha Sangchai and Vorawan Ramwan held their wedding ceremony in the middle of the parade (Photo: Rex)

“Why can we not do that as human beings?”

Drag artist Johnnie Phurikorn, 31, said he ‘felt so happy and grateful to have this moment’, but warned that Thailand’s LGBTQ + community needed much more support.

Maysa Petkam, a competitor in the transgender beauty pageant Miss Tiffany Universe, said trans people still face discrimination and have no ‘basic rights’.

Another drag queen, 56-year-old Gun Punna, told Reuters: ‘I’m so happy I can express my identity.

People who pleaded for greater protection of sex workers were also in power (Photo: Rex)
The last official Pride march in the area took place 16 years ago (Photo: Rex)
The parade received official support from the new governor of Bangkok (Photo: Rex)

“I get people saying we’re not despicable in society.”

The parade was titled ‘Naruemit Pride 2022’, referring to the Thai word for ‘creation’.

It was organized by non-governmental organizations with the support of the city’s new governor Chadchart Sittiput.

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