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    Ruling on rape

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Rape always brings with it devastation -- to the victims, their families and even the public that learns of such crimes. The condemnation is loud, a cry for harsh punishment up to the penalty of death -- a solution many believe can put an end to rape.

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    Call me by her name

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 13/07/2018

    » While the interest and market for gay-themed stories continue to grow -- on online channels, on television series and in cinemas -- the sub-genre of lesbian movies has still got some catching up to do, especially in Thailand. Once in a blue moon, a lesbian film would drop on our cinema or TV screens, and the ones that had an actual cultural impact can be counted on one hand. At last week's LGBT Film Festival, which saw an enthusiastic turnout, there was then just one lesbian film among a dozen gay-themed international titles. All of this seems to signify that truly fair representation of gender and sexuality in the media still has quite a way to go.

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    Sex education

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 11/07/2016

    » Male TV-talk-show host Wuthithorn "Woody" Milintachinda announced recently that he's married a man. The news in a way served as a long-awaited clarification given that Wuthithorn's sexual identity has always been in question. Indeed, it's received a mixed bag of reactions.

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    Some cause for celebration

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 27/05/2019

    » The LGBTI community has much to cheer this month, even in Thailand's much-maligned new parliament

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    Into the light

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 19/04/2019

    » Transgender drag queen Angele Anang lowered to the floor as she was pushed around and thrown away by a group of masked men. Her wig was removed. Nude, she crawled to her father, who was sitting nearby. He put a white flowing dress on her, crying as he did so. Angele, then bald and in white, went back to fight the masked men, over whom she proudly triumphed.

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    Enduring play moves into the #MeToo generation

    Life, Published on 05/04/2018

    » Last Thursday, women from 12 countries took the audience by storm in a perceptive, inspiring, and hilarious performance of The Vagina Monologues. The diverse members of Bangkok Rising, a volunteer organisation whose main cause is to raise awareness of the need for gender equality and an end to gender-based violence, rendered tangible the reality of womanhood in a context of oppression, abuse, and also self-discovery. In a powerful conclusion, they turned their attention to the appalling state of gender-based violence today, more than 20 years after the play's premiere.

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    A right to know?

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 25/09/2017

    » In Bangkok, a form recently surfaced at a hotel in Nana, and it has gone viral. It tells guests to be aware that "the person" -- an allusion to a prostitute -- they are bringing to the room could be a "ladyboy".

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    A presidential honour

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/11/2016

    » From Ellen's Medal of Freedom to a Thai DJ's shock marriage, here's our monthly round-up of LGBT news from around the world

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    Painting the way forward

    Life, Published on 10/06/2019

    » Recent months have seen positive strides in LGBTI rights across Asia-Pacific. There has been incremental progress toward civil unions in Thailand, while Taiwan (China) made history last month by legalising same-sex marriage, and late last year India rescinded colonial-era laws criminalising homosexuality in a major human-rights victory. There are still countries in the region, however, where LGBTI rights are under threat because of retrograde laws and worsening discrimination.

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    A second-class union

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 26/11/2018

    » The prospect of marriage equality has always brought excitement and joy for LGBTI communities worldwide. In Thailand, the possibility of the civil partnership bill -- viewed as a step closer to coveted equality -- has been discussed frequently in our society lately, especially after a draft of the bill was released earlier this month on the Rights and Liberties Protection Department (RLPD) of the Ministry of Justice's website. But the initial excitement quickly faded when people read the fine print of what the bill really entails, and began questioning whether it really spells out equal rights.

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