LGBTQ activists and feminists marched this Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand, to denounce discrimination and demand more equality and democracy. The demonstration brought together nearly 1,500 people in total.
A rainbow banner several hundred meters long was unfurled across central Bangkok towards Silom, one of the capital’s bustling, nightlife districts. The defense of prostitutes, the legalization of sex work, the defense of transgender people and access to safe abortions were among the demands of the demonstrators.
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— Geoff St (@geoffs65) November 8, 2020
Very involved in political demonstrations
“Prostitution is not a crime, the rights of prostitutes are human rights,” said an activist for the rights of prostitutes. The protester wore a scarf marked with the slogan “My body, my business”. A transgender protester was holding a sign that read, “I’m not abnormal. “
— Matthew Tostevin (@TostevinM) November 7, 2020
While the LGBT community may be active and transgender people in society, discrimination in schools and at work is common in Thailand. Since July, Bangkok has been the scene of demonstrations calling for a new constitution, reforms or the resignation of the Prime Minister. The LGBTQ community has been active in these protests.