Â Downtown Bangkok was bustling on Sunday afternoon as the “Bangkok Naruemit Pride Parade” was hosted from Sri Maha Mariamman Temple to the Silom district to support and call for equality for LGBTQ people.
A large number of LGBTQ supporters, both Thai and foreigners, were seen dressing up and painting themselves in rainbow colors while marching from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple from 3:00 PM. on Sunday, June 5th, for the first ever “official” Pride Parade in the capital to show their pride and support of gender and social diversities.
Participants were seen dancing, singing, performing, and giving free speeches on several issues related to gender diversity, sex workers, and other related laws and how Thai society still needs a better understanding of LGBTQ people and communities.
The parade was divided into many stages using six colors of the pride rainbow flag, focusing on different LGBTQ issues and demands. Performances were also staged to represent the problems and their ultimate goals for the LGBTQ community. One of the highlights includes the same-sex marriage performance, using Silom road as an aisle to commit the marriage ceremony, surrounded by rainbow flags and banners.
TPN notes same-sex marriage remains illegal in Thailand and has been continuously debated by government leaders and courts.
Bangkok governor Chadchart Sittipunt was also spotted arriving at the parade, greeting the crowd, and waving the LGBTQ flag while marching along with the supporters. One of his campaigns when being a candidate for the governor also includes the policies toÂ support gender diversity and create equality in Bangkok society.
Photo Courtesy: Thai PBS
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