LGBT rights in Thailand

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Thailand may face legal challenges that non-LGBT residents don't have to. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Thailand. Same-sex couples and families headed by same-sex couples cannot get the same legal protections that opposite-sex couples can. Thai LGBT people "Still face Discrimination affecting their social rights and job opportunities", and "Face difficulty gaining acceptance for non-traditional Sexuality, even though the tourism authority has been promoting Thailand as a gay-friendly country".

In May 2009, the Thai Red Cross reaffirmed its ban of men who have sex with males (MSM) becoming blood donors, despite campaigns to change this policy. Gender-Reassignment Operations have been performed in Thailand since 1975, and Thailand is among the most popular destinations globally for patients seeking Gender-Reassignment Operations.

Same-sex sexual activity legal Yes (since 1956)
Equal age of consent Yes
Anti-discrimination laws in employment No
Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services No
Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech) No
Same-sex marriages No
Recognition of same-sex couples No (pending)
Step-child adoption by same-sex couples No
Joint adoption by same-sex couples No
Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military Yes (since 2005)
Right to change legal gender Yes [1]
Access to IVF for lesbians Yes [2]
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples No

References[change | change source]

  1. "Gender Change Surgery - Plastic Surgery Phuket - PPSI".
  2. "Fertility Clinics - Find Reproductive Medicine Centers and Doctors". www.findsurrogatemother.com.