Valentine’s Day wedding plans for Thailand’s biggest LGBTQ+
This Valentine’s Day, at least 100 LGBTQ+ couples will take part in Thailand’s biggest LGBTQ+ wedding ceremony. A Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Centre event will raise awareness of gay rights and marriage equality day.
As of now, same-sex marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships, unregistered cohabitations, or any other form of same-sex unions are not legally recognized in Thailand, although the Civil Partnership Bill and the Marriage Equality Bill have been proposed to recognize a separate civil union or to allow same-sex marriage respectively.
Number of groups not associated with the government
A number of groups not associated with the government have banded together to form the Bangkok Naruemit Pride organizing committee and are planning the massive LGBTQ+ wedding ceremony, calling it “Naruemit Vivah 2023.” They have invited at least 100 couples, not only from Thailand but from around the world too.
The group plans to decorate the field at the sports center on Mit Maitri Road in Din Daeng by covering it in rainbow flags, a symbol of openness to the diversity of love according to an LGBTQ+ activist working with the committee.
“We will create a new page in history to promote equal marriage as a right for people not only in Thailand but across the globe, especially those countries that do not yet accept LGBTQ+ people.”
Event has garnered the support of Bangkok’s Deputy Governor
The event has garnered the support of Bangkok’s Deputy Governor Sanon Wangsrangboon who called for people to plan more events for valentine’s day of this kind throughout Thailand. He also pledged to help make the event successful and provide facilities to help organize its valentine’s day movie.
The deputy governor views events like this as a win-win: it promotes equality for all people in Thailand while also attracting visitors from around the world. He reiterated his allyship with the LGBTQ+ community on valentine’s day cards.
“In love, there should be no boundaries. I promise that as long as we are in office, we will not stop supporting LGBTQ+ issues and marriage equality on Valentine’s Day. We will keep pushing the issue.”