LGBTQ activists within the Satisfaction Parade give the three-finger salute in assist of pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok on November 7, 2020. (Photograph by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)
Thai feminists and LGBTQ activists marched to one in all Bangkok’s nightlife districts on Saturday, insisting the combat for equality goes hand-in-hand with a broader push for larger democracy.
A rainbow banner a whole bunch of metres lengthy snaked its means by means of central Bangkok in the direction of Silom in the course of the delight parade, which attracted a various crowd of near 1,500 in keeping with an AFP reporter on the scene.
Since July there have been frequent protests within the Thai capital, with demonstrators demanding a brand new structure, reforms of the monarchy and for Prayut Chan-O-Cha to resign as prime minister.
Saturday’s rally canvased a broad vary of points together with “slut-shaming”, entry to secure abortions and legalising intercourse work, whereas transgender activists had indicators saying: “I’m not irregular”.
Sirisak Chaited, a intercourse employee rights activist, marched carrying a towel emblazoned with the slogan “My physique my enterprise”.
“Intercourse work is just not a criminal offense, intercourse employee rights are human rights,” he stated.
A flash mob of highschool college students danced to Ok-pop, Woman Gaga, Beyonce and Taylor Swift alongside the parade route.
Some had messages comparable to “Cease sexual harassment” written in textual content on their legs.
Many wore elaborate make-up and film character costumes, whereas one lady stripped all the way down to her underwear, scrawled with feminist messages.
Architect Hino, 23, who declined to provide her full identify, stated Thai society had loads of work to do when it got here to gender equality.
“Energy isn’t just for males,” she stated.
“Thai males wish to criticise ladies for what number of males they’ve slept with however they don’t have the identical (scrutiny) themselves,” Natcha, 25, advised AFP.
The LGBTQ group has been a visual pressure at protests calling for the overhaul of Thailand’s authorities
The dominion has a vibrant LGBTQ scene and whereas gender-bending performers are a distinguished a part of Bangkok’s nightlife, discrimination in faculties and the office remains to be rife.
Achita Kittiwannakul, 22, dressed because the character Mulan, stated requires society to respect the rights of minorities aligned with the marketing campaign to shake up Thailand’s democracy.
“We aren’t comfortable on this nation; the LGBTQ group is struggling,” he advised AFP.
“I imagine in equality, peace, and for everybody to have the ability to dwell fortunately.”
On Sunday protesters will return to the streets with a serious rally scheduled on the Democracy Monument intersection, with a heavy police presence anticipated.