A vibrant display of solidarity unfolded in central Bangkok as thousands of LGBTQ+ individuals, allies, and political leaders took to the streets for the city’s second official Pride parade. The event, held to commemorate Pride month and advocate for gender equality, saw a remarkable turnout.
According to Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, the Pride parade attracted over 50,000 participants, more than doubling last year’s attendance. The overwhelming response reflects the growing momentum and support for LGBTQ+ rights in the country.
Among the political figures present was Pita Limjaroenrat, leader of the Move Forward Party (MFP), which secured the highest number of seats in the May 14 general election and aspires to lead a coalition government. Pita expressed his party’s commitment to promoting inclusivity and equality, stating that the MFP would actively support legislations such as the Marriage Equality Act, Gender Identity Act, and various welfare initiatives.
The coalition, comprising eight political parties, has united in a shared pledge to enact comprehensive laws, including the Marriage Equality Act, to ensure equal rights for all couples regardless of their gender. This collective effort underscores the determination to create a more inclusive and equitable society.
While Thailand boasts one of Asia’s most open LGBTQ+ communities, activists argue that legal frameworks and traditional institutions still lag behind shifting social attitudes, perpetuating discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals and same-sex couples. Events like the Pride parade serve as powerful demonstrations of the ongoing fight for equal rights and highlight the need for continued progress in aligning laws and institutions with evolving societal values.