The phenomenon of Facebook users changing their profile pictures to a red equal sign last week might have left some people puzzled, but it has a simple enough explanation. The picture that went viral was derived from the Human Rights Campaign's symbol for equality, which is being used in support of two cases concerning same-sex marriage now before the US Supreme Court.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement for equal rights has come a long way in different corners of the world where LGBT populations remain marginalised. Here in Thailand, human rights activists and LGBT advocates are planning to make history by drafting a bill for that would allow same-sex civil partnerships. Something is about to change.
Last week, USAid deputy administrator Donald Steinberg paid a visit to Thailand as a part of his mission in the region. Part of his agenda is to reach out to local LGBT activists to learn more about the community and how USAid can lend its support.