Bangkok will hold its first gay pride parade for 11 years this year.
Thailand has held a pride event in Phuket every year, but the parade returning the capital is being heralded by organisers as a show of unity for the LGBTQ community.
They also hope the parades could pave a way toward marriage equality:
Rapeepun Jommaroeng, the deputy secretary-general of Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT), one of the organisers, wrote in an email:
It could be another opportunity to sensitise Thai society about gender diversity issues.
Thailand introduced anti-discrimination laws in 2015, based on gender and sexual orientation.
The pride parade should take place in either October or November this year, while a six-day event due to take place in May was postponed, featuring workshops, films and social events:
We, at OUT BKK are deeply saddened by the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Therefore, out of respect of the national one year mourning period, and our love for the beloved late KING, we will be postponing Bangkok Pride to the end of the year.