BANGKOK — (06-05-23) — Thailand’s 2nd annual PRIDE Parade doubled its attendance from last year with over 50,000 people on hand to celebrate LGBT Rights. In celebration of PRIDE Month, thousands of LGBTQ+ attendees along with their allies and political leaders marched through central Bangkok promoting gender equality in the second official Pride parade to be held in the country.

Marchers waved rainbow flags with one holding a placard that said “freedom to choose gender” and another that said “love is love,” in rainbow colors.

Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt confirmed to JRL CHARTS LGBT Politics Asia that over 50,000 people participated in this year’s PRIDE parade, more than double the attendance from last year’s event.

Thailand political leaders such as Pita Limjaroenrat, leader of the progressive Move Forward party, participated in the event and shared…”Once the government is formed we will support Marriage Equality (Act), Gender Identity (Act) and several others, including welfare,” Limjaroenrat told reporters at this year’s PRIDE event. “These few things will make the celebration of diversity in Pride Month into pride always,” said Limjaroenrat.

Watch Thailand’s 2nd Annual PRIDE Parade via The Independent

The coalition, which consisted of eight political parties, has made a joint pledge to pass laws, including the Marriage Equality Act, to ensure equal rights for all couples regardless of gender, after the passage of the draft law and related legislations were stalled in parliament under the previous government.

While Thailand is known worldwide to have one of Asia’s most open and visible lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, many political activists say Thai laws and conservative institutions have yet to reflect changing social attitudes and still discriminate against LGBT people and same-sex couples in the country.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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