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    Sexually secure travel

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 03/12/2018

    » Male and female passengers sit next to each other on an inter-provincial tour bus. The male passenger pretends to fall asleep while putting his hand on the leg of the lady sitting next to him.

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    Keep on keeping on

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 28/11/2018

    » A decade has passed since Thailand initiated its legal fight for the rights of LGBTI people. To commemorate the occasion, local LGBTI, non-binary and civil-society organisations will be hosting an event at Chulalongkorn University tomorrow.

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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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    They know who they are

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

    » In the dim light inside Bangkok Screening Room, Ivan Coyote transfixed the crowd with stories of their childhood, of grandmas and uncles, and of the conversations our dinner group had at the Isan restaurant around the corner from the venue.

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    Narcos heads a stellar list of new Netflix shows and films

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 20/11/2018

    » It's 1980s. It's Mexico. And drug war is all the rage in Netflix's Narcos: Mexico, which continues the legacy of the Narcos saga with a new cast, story and country.

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    Big in Japan

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/11/2018

    » The 31st Tokyo International Film Festival wrapped up last weekend, with French drama Amanda taking home the Tokyo Grand Prix and Best Screenplay awards. Director Mikhaël Hers' third feature, Amanda tells the story of a young man who cares for his orphaned niece following his sister's death in a delicate tale of familial love and how people cope with tragedy.

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    Let the children come

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/11/2018

    » Have you ever considered taking your kids to a library? The place may seem out of touch and not so relatable, as we already have much of the information we need right at our fingertips, with internet access.

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    Lord of the dance

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/11/2018

    » Egocentric, sometimes arrogant, but above all, bursting with fiery passion and talent, legendary ballet dance Rudolf Nureyev was a larger-than-life character. His remarkable story is now being retold in the lush new period drama The White Crow, which had its Asian premiere at the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival. Directed by Ralph Fiennes, the film was awarded Best Artistic Contribution at the festival.

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    The aesthetics of resistance

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 05/11/2018

    » For the past four years, we've received a steady diet of the junta's theme songs that preach about "returning happiness" and the virtues of peace, order and nationalism. Since last week, however, the anthem that has stolen the thunderbolt is Prathet Ku Mee (What My Country’s Got), an infectious viral rap by a group called Rap Against Dictatorship.

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    The price of inaction

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 29/10/2018

    » While Uruguay celebrates more rights among the LGBTI community, other parts of the world are going backwards — including Thailand

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