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13 Nov 2017

Thai Academics Explore Media Misrepresentation of LGBTIQ Community

Researchers explore the portrayal of LGBTIQ individuals in the Thai media.

Researchers have found that LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer) individuals are “vastly underrepresented” in a study of six media outlets in Thailand, in a paper published by the Taylor and Francis Group. 

Entitled “’Gay Guys are Shit Lovers’ and ‘Lesbians are Obsessed with Fingers’: The (Mis)Representation of LGBTIQ People in Thai News Media,” the paper was written jointly by Thai researchers Kangwan Fongkaew, Anoporn Khruataeng, Sumon Unsathit, Matawii Khamphiirathasana, Nisarat Jongwisan, Oranong Arlunaek, and the United Nations Development Program’s Jensen Byrne. 

“LGBTIQ identities were found to be vastly underrepresented, and when represented were often represented inaccurately, stereotypically, harmfully or without a clear understanding of the diversity of sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions,” the paper’s abstract states. 

Also widely noted in the media were “(hetero-)sexist narratives, negative portrayals, harmful stereotypes, and discriminatory speech,” which the authors say continues to contribute to the “stigmatization and discrimination” of Thailand’s LGBTIQ community.

Reader's Comments

1. 2017-11-14 00:30  
Not just a Thai problem. It's global.
2. 2017-11-15 19:46  
To Captain. This may well be a world problem, but are you suggesting then that this article has no merit? It is only through education and communication and subsequent discussion these things change. Here in Canada we fought for and won full equality in law. This only happened by challenging the status quo.
3. 2017-11-18 18:51  
Academics are to blame also.

Candlestick makers....

Quit it with the labels.

I'm not gay. I just fancy guys more than women.

I am me.

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