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Thailand's LGBTQ movement must embrace bill to legalize same-sex unions

Divisions will encourage religious conservatives to obstruct proposed legislation

| Thailand
Activists participate in the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in Bangkok in May 2019: Thailand's LGBTQ movement needs to offer a more unified message.   © Reuters

Pauline Ngarmpring was the Mahachon Party's prime ministerial candidate in last year's elections. She is the first transgender candidate to seek Thailand's top political job.

Whenever I talk to foreign journalists or friends from abroad about life for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Thailand, they often say the same thing: that among international tourist destinations, Thailand has been recognized for decades as an LGBTQ paradise.

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