Thailand Introduces First-Ever LGBT Protections

Thailand introduced its first-ever law specifically protecting LBGT+ people this week.


The 2015 Gender Equality Act, which was passed in parliament in March, makes discrimination against people based on gender identity or sexual orientation punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of 20,000 baht (roughly $550), reports

A three-day workshop, attended by 400 civil servants was held this week to educate members of the government, legislature and the media on the applications of the new law.

“Cooperation from all sectors is key in moving forward with the enforcement of this Act in order to create an equal and just society,” said Somchai Charoenamnuaysuk, Director-General of the Department of Family Affairs and Family Development.

“The public plays an important role in keeping a watchful eye on cases of discrimination, providing support to LGBTI people, as well as ensuring compliance with the rules, regulations and measures,” he added.

A civil unions bill and a new constitution that recognises trans people is expected to follow.

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