G.O.D. is closed. But that doesn’t mean the rest of the gay scene isn’t still buzzing. Here's why Bangkok is Southeast Asia's gay party hub.


Having been postponed from May, Bangkok’s first pride parade in over a decade is now scheduled for Nov 27-Dec 3. One of the main organizers of the six-day celebration of diversity is OUT BKK, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that aims to serve the needs of Bangkok’s LGBTIQ+ community. We spoke to founder Paul Heymans and transgender program manager Shane Bhatla about the planning process and the difficulties of being queer in Thailand.

It will now take place in November instead of May, out of respect for the late king.

Six-day celebration of diversity to take place this May. 

Weekends, Director: Lee Dong Ha

The second edition of the festival dedicated to the best LGBTQ+ films from around the world takes place in June. Here are the highlights.

Using a gay dating app like Grindr and co. (Jack'd, Growler and Hornet) is a pretty weird experience anywhere. In Thailand, it's just that little bit more special, though. Here's why:

Ben Chalatit, 33, is a veteran of Thailand’s pop music scene. From his early days singing the hit “Celebration” (2002) as the frontman of Monotone, he crooned his wa to the top of the charts again with “Klai” and “Yue”––and even appeared on stage in Miss Saigon. The openly gay artist is now back, as a judge on Thailand’s Got Talent and in cinemas in Miss Happy (out May 21), and is also gearing up for his latest concert, Come into My World (Jul 25 at Impact Arena). Here, he tells us the secret to his longevity in Thailand’s notoriously fast-paced entertainment industry.
After a three-month break from the nightlife scene, Bangkok’s favorite drag MC and “waack” dancer, Pangina Heels (aka Pan Pan Narkprasert), has finally returned to entertain the crowds. Here, BK has a little chat with the fabulous drag queen and recent winner of Maya Channel’s reality show T Battle.
Photo: Michael Ruiz (via flickr)

The 2015 theme is "Freedom to Live."


Last year's awards were held in Singapore, which is reportedly losing millions of pink dollars in tourism to Bangkok’s more liberal LGBT attitudes.

Jirassaya “Claire” Wongsutin, 23, rocked Thailand’s indie film industry when her first production, Welcome Home, won first place in the 16th Chang Phuak (White Elephant) college-level film awards in 2012. Her ponderous films exploring lesbian relationships went on to win the award a further two times in a row, and have featured at prominent film events such as the International Women Film Festival in Seoul (where she won 1st prize). We chat with her ahead of her appearance at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival 2015 in France (starting Jan 30).