Draft of new Thai constitution would protect LGBT rights

BANGKOK (AP) — Gay rights activists are welcoming a clause in a draft of Thailand’s new constitution that is aimed at protecting the rights of gay and transgender people.

The Constitution Drafting Committee, a group hand-picked by the military junta to draft a new charter, this week added the wording that will make it illegal to discriminate against gay and transgender people.

Thailand is known for its tolerance of transgender people but formal and legal acceptance is limited.

Gender rights activist Natee Teerarojjanapongs on Friday called the move “praiseworthy” and said it could lead to other breakthroughs for gay rights.

Critics, however, say the inclusion in the charter does not necessarily translate into reality.

The constitution draft is subject to further consideration of an unelected national reform council before taking effect.

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