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31 Jul 2022

Popular Boys-Love shows are boosting tourism in Thailand

Fans are flocking to filming locations.

Thailand is one of the creative hubs of a genre of entertainment known as Boys Love - television and series that focus on homo-centric relationships between male leads. It's a genre that is hugely popular across Asia and around the world.

Production companies based in Thailand produce around 40 different Boys Love series each year.

As Thailand seeks to rebuild its travel industry after the devastation caused by Covid-19, the country’s tourism authority has sought to capitalise on the popularity of Boys Love shows that have been produced in Thailand.

Bespoke tours are being offered, focusing on locations used in some of the most popular shows. Some language schools are also offering courses to help people learn the slang offered used by characters in Thai-produced Boys Love series.

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Thailand?

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Thailand? Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is it legal to be gay in Thailand?

Yes – homosexuality was decriminalised in 1956.

The age of consent was equalised in 1997.

Is there Marriage Equality in Thailand?

As things currently stand, there is no legal recognition of same-sex couples. There’s a general tolerance of same-sex relationships, but no legal protections.

However, the proposed legislation would be a major step forward, enabling same-sex couples to legally register their relationship status.

Does Thailand have anti-discrimination protections based on sexuality?

Yes – protections were introduced in 2015. There are a range of exemptions to the protections that were implemented, so it’s not the strongest framework however it’s better than nothing.

What's life like for LGBTQ people in Thailand?

Thailand is a relatively accepting kind of place and there is a vibrant and visible LGBTQ community. The country welcomes LGBTQ tourism.

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