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  • NEWS

    Transgenders happy to come out from the shadows

    News, Prangthong Jitcharoenkul, Published on 16/04/2017

    » For centuries in the Land of Smiles, men with an outwardly feminine appearance felt offended when they were called "katoey" or "toot" (transvestite). But as time goes by, more gays and transpeople have come out in the public spotlight than ever before.

  • OPINION

    BMA's Mahakan mess

    News, Postbag, Published on 21/01/2017

    » It is with deep disappointment that we have read Peerawat Jariyasombat's strangely ill-informed article, "A lesson in development" (BP, Jan 16, 2017). In a move that seems calculated to pander to the greed of developers rather than nurture the human resources represented by local populations, Khun Peerawat hails the efforts of Korean authorities to replace an existing population with an artist colony, but says nothing about the fate of the original residents.

  • NEWS

    Activists welcome transgender jails

    News, Prangthong Jitcharoenkul, Published on 10/07/2016

    » The LGBT community has welcomed the Department of Correction's decision to set up a separate jail for transgender prisoners, but have expressed concerns some inmates' gender identities or sexual preference may complicate the selection process.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Iron man

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/06/2016

    » Banjerd Lekkong, who grew up in his father's garage and whose intricate iron-welded sculptures are being exhibited in a New York gallery, is an outlier among Thai artists. The 47-year-old did not graduate from any art school -- neither Poh Chang or Silpakorn University, the most respected training grounds for local artists. His works have never been displayed in a local museum or gallery. Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC) turned down his proposal for an exhibition. Private galleries did the same. The only show he had was a brief display at Amarin Plaza, a shopping mall.

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