An LGBTQ Guide to the World: Thailand

Challenges remain.

An LGBTQ Guide to the World: Thailand

In a major step forward towards Marriage Equality, Thailand’s government appears to be giving its support to a law that would give legal recognition to same-sex partnerships.

Reuters is reporting that Thailand’s cabinet has approved a civil partnership bill that would recognise same-sex unions with almost the same legal rights as married couples.

While broadly seen as a tolerant society, Thailand can be surprisingly socially conservative on specific issues.

If passed by parliament, the legislation would make Thailand only the second place in Asia to allow registration of same-sex unions, with couples able to adopt a child and afforded rights to inheritance and joint property ownership.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Thailand?

Yes – homosexuality was decriminalised in 1956.

The age of consent was equalised in 1997.

Is there Marriage Equality in Thailand?

As things currently stand, there is no legal recognition of same-sex couples. There’s a general tolerance of same-sex relationships, but no legal protections.

There is currently legislation before the Thai parliament that would change that.

Does Thailand have anti-discrimination protections based on sexuality?

Yes – protections were introduced in 2015. There are a range of exemptions to the protections that were implemented, so it’s not the strongest framework however it’s better than nothing.