A Chinese tourist frolics with a cabaret performer at ZAG, a gay bar in Thailand’s southern tourist destination of Phuket. Photo: AFP

Land of lady boys? Thailand is not the LGBTI paradise it appears

Sexual minorities in the Land of Smiles face discrimination in education, work and their love lives, though attitudes – and the law – are beginning to change

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A Chinese tourist frolics with a cabaret performer at ZAG, a gay bar in Thailand’s southern tourist destination of Phuket. Photo: AFP
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Laura Villadiego

Laura Villadiego

Born and raised in Spain, Laura Villadiego is a freelance journalist specialized in human rights, labour issues and the environment. Based in Thailand, she has been covering Southeast Asia since 2009. Her work has been published in international media outlets, such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian or the Spanish News Agency EFE. She has also co-authored two books focused on supply chains.