After the jump is a piece I wrote for the gay American blog Queerty.com, where another version was also posted. It was for the website’s “Boundaries” issue, and is supposed to highlight what I perceived as an informal-formal divide over GLBT acceptance in Thailand (i.e., there is a very sizable queer population in Thailand that is seemingly accepted, yet there is little demand for discussion of things like gay marriage and nondiscrimination policies).
“For a country with such a large and evident GLBT population, Thailand has virtually no gay rights movement. There is little formal public discussion of homosexuality, despite the fact that it still carries a dangerous stigma…there are no anti-discrimination laws in place, and…a frighteningly high HIV rate of 28%.”
I wrote this as an outsider and it was meant for a foreign publication. I don’t know what actually goes on in the Thai GLBT community; I can only give a view from my observances, research and some friendly interviews. It is lengthy for a blog post, but I’d like to put it out there, both to propel the issue forward and hear what others think and know.