Rainbows and Pride over Bangkok

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From Kao Sod
BANGKOK — Powerful stories, LGBT luminaries and fabulous events are coming to the capital with the return of an annual event dedicated to celebrating gay pride and ending discrimination.
Next week is IDAHOT, an event known less concisely as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. On May 17, the LGBT community and its friends will come together at a contemporary art space to show the power of diversity and support under the slogan “We are a #RainbowFamily.” Talks, exhibitions, performances and more events will be held all day.
Powerful stories will be passed along via talks with LGBT youth and their families from throughout the realm: A Chiang Rai mother and her trans daughter, a Bangkok trans parent and a bisexual academic and single mom from the Deep South province of Pattani.
Art exhibitions and performances will include photo exhibition “Queerness” by Piyarat Piyapongwiwat and a cabaret show by the talented cast of Golden Dome.

Jazz duo Johnnifer Panot and Sillapin “Zymone” Gill will perform live at about 5:30pm before an LGBT-themed sketch takes place.
Teen fashion sensation Apichet “Madaew” Atirattana and Hirankrit “Som-o” Pattaraboriboonkul, who designed the 2015 Miss Universe tuk-tuk costume, will talk about their lives and the support they get from their families.
The full schedule is available online. The event will take place at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, best reached by skywalk from BTS National Stadium.

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