The Thai parliament has also received a proposal that would skip the “civil union” phase and proceed directly to the final step. Although the specifics are still being worked out, recent developments include the decriminalization of Kratom, Pride marches staged across Thailand this year, and demonstrators who dared to discuss constitutional amendments that included the “K” word. What is ahead for the nation led by a conservative military-affiliated administration? Thailand is prepared to be the first country in Southeast Asia to accept same-sex unions and even complete marriage equality. The Thai parliament has received and approved proposals for both, with first reading. Many of this year’s Pride Marches, many of which were held for the first time in more than a decade in various cities and villages, loudly and proudly asserted the rights of Thailand’s LGBT population to full and equal rights under the law. It might be the complete legal acceptance of same-sex partnerships. Even same-sex unions would require a complete revision of the Thai Marriage Act. The Thai government is about to approve legislation recognizing beautiful civil partnerships between people of the same sex, which is sometimes seen as the first step toward comprehensive revisions to marriage laws in other nations. Despite needing the backing of conservative parties, it is almost inevitable that one or the other will become the law in Thailand before the end of this year.

Numerous corporations altered their logos to depict the rainbow flag, and many politicians made all the proper noises about the “changes” Thailand must make in order to become a more inclusive nation and set the standard for the region. But over the past few decades, there has been a significant movement, and today, there are numerous LGBT characters on almost every TV soap opera, numerous film themes, and openly gay celebrities, normalizing the concerns. The next steps of the legislation, which are currently in the “community consultation” stage, will take place over the coming months. A general election will take place before March of 2023 or later this year. Thailand is very conservative when it comes to many social mores, including sexuality – as long as it was restricted to the limited, such in Patpong, Pattaya, and Patong. This is despite its image for having a permissive approach to sexual affairs. Apart from the legalizing of marijuana on June 9 (the sky hasn’t fallen in yet), June was also the month of Pride marches and activities around the nation. Thais no longer raise an eyebrow when they see the kathoey (lady lads), who are an everyday occurrence in the country’s red-light areas and popular culture. According to activists, both civil unions and full marriages should be available to all homosexual and heterosexual couples, who may prefer one over the other. The conservative alliance, which is trailing in all the most recent surveys, will be eager to present itself as the party for all Thais, including LGBT Thais, when the election comes around. On May 24, 2019, Taiwan became the first nation in Asia to make same-sex marriage legal nationally. Thailand might be the first nation in Southeast Asia to do so.

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