LGBT groups have long been active in cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai. But in Isaan, members of LGBT community are forming the region’s first-ever network, aiming to fight for equal rights, challenge stereotypes, and create understanding of LGBT issues.
In this final part of our series on the mia farang phenomenon in Isaan, we capture some of the comments and feedback we received from Thai and foreign readers. Themes raised by our readers included attitudes towards Isaan women and men, and questions about equality, social mobility, racism and the position of Isaan within the Thai state.
The Isaan RecordSeptember 29, 2020
Locals in Nong Bua Lamphu’s Dong Mafai district yesterday escalated their opposition to a limestone mine in a long-running dispute with the mining company and the state.
The Isaan RecordAugust 14, 2020
Activists and civil society groups in the Northeast have launched a campaign to draft a new constitution as youth protesters across the country are calling for democratic change.
The Isaan RecordAugust 10, 2020
The initiation rituals of freshmen students common at universities and high schools across the country not only stifle the young generation’s creativity and critical thinking, but it also breeds authoritarianism, writes student activist Phongsathon Tancharoen.
Phongsatorn TancharoenAugust 6, 2020
Youth protests against the government are on the rise again in the Northeast and across the country. Patawee Chotanan observed a protest in Ubon Ratchathani and made eight interesting observations.
Patawee ChotananJuly 25, 2020
A government psychiatric hospital unexpectedly released a dissident late today after spending nearly two weeks there. Tiwagorn Withiton was admitted against his will on July 9 after wearing a shirt with the slogan, “I lost faith in the institution of the monarchy.”
The Isaan RecordJuly 22, 2020
A Khon Kaen man was admitted against his will at a mental hospital after he posted online photos of himself in a shirt with the slogan “I lost faith in the institution of the monarchy.” Questioning the legal grounds for the forced admission, activists and civil rights groups are calling for his immediate release.
The Isaan RecordJuly 18, 2020
Political scientist Chaiyan Rajchagool reflects on some of the lessons of the struggle of the Red Shirts and the fatal crackdown in 2010. [VIDEO]