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LGBTQ+ Travel in Thailand
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before I got into the travel industry, I was completely oblivious to an entire sector of travel group, the L G B T. Q plus market. I didn't know that traveling as someone that's a part of this community came with obstacles and challenges that I personally don't have to even think about while traveling. Fortunately I'm proud to say Thailand is one of the friendliest and most accommodating for L G B T. Q plus travelers. So today to get into a deeper sense of the issue and what L G B. T. Q travel looks like in Thailand, we have a very special guest with us today. Another lovely and amazing friend of mine, dear Unity track coon. She is the assistant director for gender and sexuality programming at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. L G B. T. Q. Travels. It's fun. It has its own uniqueness and challenges because um we live in a society that's operating a binary men and women certain spaces when we travel right, there are not a lot of all gender restrooms or gender neutral bathrooms in the airport. So for trans and non binary folks um it could be very difficult um when they travel abroad. And one of the things I can say about being queer and traveling to Thailand is that it's one of the best places to be, Thailand is considered as one of the most LGBT Q plus friendly destinations. I think whether you're gay or straight, you know public display affection is still a taboo, especially in asian countries like um like Thailand for example, P. D. A. Is still being looked down upon even if for straight couples, conversations around L. G. B. T. Q. Plus. Um in english and in thai they're completely two different um different things identify as bisexual. It's very hard for me to translate to my parents what it means to be bisexual. I think that language barrier could be one of the challenges when you travel to different places where english is not a dominant or a primary primary language, you know, also clothing, right? When you, when you go to Thailand and when you visit historical sites, you may want to wear something appropriate, like short shorts and tube tops may not be uh an appropriate attire when you go there because it shows that you're not you're not respecting the place. So when you go to Bangkok, for example, if you decide to go to what google you are required to wear pants or at least a skirt, right? That covers up to your angle. I think that up to the knees, not angled, I don't remember, but basically right, like short, you're not allowed. The staff will ask you, you know, you can rent out clothing um, you know, right out clothing so you can cover your pants and also the church, right? Like you cannot wear tank tops going in there. What are the laws and public opinions in Thailand? And thai people towards LGBT, I think Thailand is considered the most L G B T. Q. Plus friendly destinations in Southeast Asia. Um and you know, Thailand um we are not a perfect nation either. You know, we are a work in progress, I might say. But when it comes to L. G. B. T. Q plus the society in general, right are more uh except Ivanov and more receptive to LGBTQ plus community, even though, you know, we are we are working on have to have a um legalized same sex marriage, right? But we're in the middle of pandemic. So a lot of priorities have shift to make, to focus on the public health at the moment, Regardless when it comes to traveling, I can assure you that, you know, it's one of the safest place to travel. Um there are a lot of gay bars in Bangkok in Pattaya and even in places like pocket. So a place where you can be openly uh yourself, right? Like you don't have to hide your sexuality in Thailand. You don't, you don't, you can, you know, as a as a tourist, when you travel, you can totally be who you are and be yourself because, you know, you're visiting the country, so, you know, it's fine, you know, but when you, when you, when you live there and try to make a living, right, it could be difficult because same sex marriage is not yet legalized in Thailand, right? Um you can be in a same sex relationship, but, you know, in terms of legal recognition, we're not quite there yet.
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