All sectors in Thailand honor gender diversity

Thailand’s top universities are permitting students to dress according to their chosen gender, and leading companies are joining a campaign to promote diversity and “love without boundaries” as part of celebrations of LGBTIQ+ Pride Month in the Kingdom.

“As June is Pride Month, Thailand is celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities with global friends. With diversity and peacefulness, we are proud of everyone united in equality and love all around the country,” the government said in a post on its Thai Ku Fah (Government House) Facebook page.

Thailand has a reputation for its tolerance of sexual orientation diversity and gender identities. Gay and transgender people work in business offices, the government, department stores, universities, entertainment and even sports.

In recognition of diversity, Chulalongkorn and Thammasat, the two most prominent universities in the Kingdom, adjusted their rules to allow students to dress according to the gender with which they self-identify. Previously, rules on dress were quite strict.

Members of parliament are also considering legislation to allow same-sex unions. If passed, this would allow same-sex couples to register as partners and gain access to government welfare and other benefits like married couples.

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