Today (May 17) is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) and the Justice Ministry is partnering with the National Human Rights Commission, Unesco, the World Bank Group and 30 community organisations in hosting a commemorative event at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.
There’ll be a Learning Forum on the ground floor at 1.30pm with the theme “We are a #RainbowFamily”. Panel discussions on LGBTI rights and protections, recent research, and LGBTI family life in Thailand are planned. One session will feature the mother of a transgender mother, a transgender youth, and the daughter of lesbian.
A photo exhibition opening at 4.30pm just outside the centre will examine LGBTI family and community life and will be augmented by performances, addresses by Pitikan Sithidej of the Justice Ministry and Canadian Ambassador Donica Pottle, and a celebrity “chat show” with Channel 3 presenter Meesuk “Kai” Changmeesuk.
Displays in lights and rainbow flags will reflect the “brighter tomorrows” that all participants are working to achieve for Thailand’s LGBTI community.