LGBT campaigners call for rights panel

LGBT campaigners call for rights panel

Petition urges House to monitor gender protections

LGBT rights activists pose for photos as they hold a rally to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on May 17 2019. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
LGBT rights activists pose for photos as they hold a rally to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in front of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre on May 17 2019. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

LGBT rights campaigners and activists have petitioned a House committee to usher in a panel that monitors gender protections.

The petition was submitted to Thanikan Ponpongsaroj, spokeswoman of a committee responsible for drafting the rules governing the meeting of the House of Representatives.

It was jointly submitted by Kittinan Tharamathat, president of the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand, an LGBT-rights group, and human rights activists Nada Chaijit and Sirisak Chaithet. 

They were also accompanied by LGBT MPs from the Future Forward Party.

Mr Kittinan said it is necessary to have a House committee in charge of rights protection for gender diversity so as to help create understanding and policies to promote equal. 

“It is now the time for Thailand to be one of the countries where discrimination must be subverted,” said Mr Kittinan.

He said that LGBT people are still facing multiple social problems because there is no law or policy that would protect them from being treated unfairly, unlike non-LGBT men and women. 

They cannot sign marriage certificates or change their title prefixes, he said, adding that many are facing discrimination in job recruitment. 

Ms Thanikan said the petition and the group's proposals would be raised for consideration at the committee meeting.



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