Too late for the party, LGBT advocates vow political push

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates are preparing to found a political party to strengthen their calls for equal sexual rights _ but it won't be in time for the election.

The timing does not imply the LGBT's support of a poll date delay, as demanded by anti-government protesters, the organisers said.

Its co-founders argue the idea of having their own voice in parliament is still taking shape and they need to go through the registration procedures.

"We cannot do it in time for Feb 2," party co-founder Chumaporn Taengkliang told a meeting of members of the LGBT community Saturday.

The party will be named the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Rights Party, or the SOGIE Rights Party (SRP).

Politically, its advocates say the party can draw members from both the pro- and anti-Thaksin camps.

It could help take Thailand beyond the coloured conflict between yellow-shirt and red-shirt supporters, Pongthorn Chanlearn, director of the anti-HIV and Aids advocacy group M Plus, said.

Socially, the party expects to push laws to ensure equal treatment for people of all sexes, especially the LGBT whose status is still not widely accepted in society, said party co-founder Patcharee Sae-eaw.

Among LGBT issues is a call for gay couples to have the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples.

Rights advocates have campaigned for a law to grant legal status to gay couples, though a recent government-sponsored survey found about 60% Thais dislike gay marriage.

That is why the SRP is needed, to "awaken other politicians to the importance of issues regarding sexual diversity", Mr Pongthorn said.

The party aims to deal mainly with LGBT issues, but that does not mean it will ignore other problems.

"We have to look at other issues for general people, too. We have to tackle these issues together," said Warakorn Bhibhathana, an LGBT advocate from the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand.

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Discussion 1 : 29/12/2013 at 08:11 PM
Wow! even political organizations comprising sexually decent people, they still cannot unify for sake of their country but dedicated to one man. So what those odd folks could bring good to our society you bet none never. Some born to be gay for complicated reasons but that means not incurable. Are we too selfish to keep our society clean & green. Human being is good and of those people each can have their valued life when live with ethics. Better keep the world not get ugly with gay theme.
Discussion 2 : 29/12/2013 at 05:05 PM
Very Good Idea, LGBT people are very smart , look at other country politic leaders who are LGBT , we needn't in Thailand , Millions of Supporters for Sure !!
Discussion 3 : 29/12/2013 at 04:12 PM
I expected these typical PC comments, it seems that they just don't understand the meaning of deviancy, put it this way, if 90% of the human race was gay then I would be a deviant, it's nothing to do with disease it's statistics. But thanks for confirming my thoughts on the PC brigade 555
Discussion 4 : 29/12/2013 at 03:55 PM
Doesn't seem to stop Thaksin/PT.
Discussion 5 : 29/12/2013 at 03:23 PM
Your right, this is just another finger in the pie that no one needs.
Discussion 6 : 29/12/2013 at 02:45 PM
5555 thanks for the laugh
Discussion 7 : 29/12/2013 at 02:15 PM
As the WHO stated that being gay or lesbian is not a disease and therefor is not a sexual deviancy. You are born gay or lesbian or transgender and it is in no way a choice.
Discussion 8 : 29/12/2013 at 02:12 PM
DanBKK... if this is the thing..."As things stand there is no equality in marriage, pension, visa, property or immigration rights ..." then maybe Thailand need a fourth party... Foreigners in Thailand Liberation Front (FTLF)...
Discussion 9 : 29/12/2013 at 02:07 PM
highly insulting to infer that gayness is sexual "deviancy"….
Discussion 10 : 29/12/2013 at 01:15 PM
Mutley - I'm not sure why you think the LGBT community in Thailand already 'have what passes for human rights and equal rights in Thailand' as equal rights are by definition EQUAL... As things stand there is no equality in marriage, pension, visa, property or immigration rights... If one half of a committed partnership were to die the surviving partner is legally not entitled to ANY say in the funeral arrangements etc, and can even be barred from attending the funeral by the deceased partner's 'family' even if they have not see them for many years (which I am personally aware of happening)... Please think again.
Discussion 11 : 29/12/2013 at 11:20 AM
Thailand dosen't need another selfish political party (it's all about me), it's needs a party that thinks of the country and it's people as one.
Discussion 12 : 29/12/2013 at 09:52 AM
Any sexual deviancy that helps to stem the global population boom should be encouraged.
Discussion 13 : 29/12/2013 at 09:10 AM
These people already have what passes for human rights and equal rights in Thailand. The ONLY difference between them and heterosexual people is the form of sex they prefer and they it is an obsession to them. The pink shirts. Isn't Thailand divided enough?
Discussion 14 : 29/12/2013 at 03:12 AM
A good idea. Good luck.

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