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The 2015 Gender Equality Act, which was passed by the Thai government in March comes into force this week. The law aims to protect LGBT people from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and is the first of its kind in Thailand.

Those found guilty of these kinds of discrimination may face up to six months in jail and a 20,000 baht fine.

Director-General of the Department of Family Affairs and Family Development, Somchai Charoenamnausuk said: “Co-operation from all sectors is key in moving forward with the enforcement of this Act, in order to create an equal and just society.”

“The public plays an important role in keeping a watchful eye on cases of discrimination, providing support to LGBT people, as well as ensuring compliance with the rules, regulations and measures,” he continued.

The Thai government is currently considering a civil unions bill and amendments to the constitution that would further recognise the rights of trans people in the country and a ‘third gender’.

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