Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

Yes, there is a huge LGBT community in Thailand. - Jun 2018


Yes, a very open culture in some ways ( Thailand recognizes a third gender) but regressive in others (do not recognize same sex marriages for diplomats). - Apr 2017


I would say the LGBT community is very accepted here. - Nov 2016


Haha, that's like asking if bees make honey. Don't expect gay pride parades, they tried that for a while, but it didn't really catch on. With that said, gay life is vibrant in the city. There are gay bars, clubs, ladyboys, etc. Thai culture, however, is still relatively conservative, and many Thai men and woman cannot tell their families about their true nature. his is contrary to the impression that most foreigners have regarding Thai culture, in that they think that Thais are accepting of everything. This is definitely not true - Thai people have more of a "as long as it isn't in my house" attitude. In other words, they will never openly judge you about your "lifestyle," but if you are their son or daughter, then you better not be "one of them." This isn't the case for every Thai family, but it isn't uncommon to find (especially among men) Thais married to people of the opposite sex for appearances only. In summary: an openly gay foreigner will have absolutely no problems meeting friends, developing relationships, in Thailand. Note: Thailand has one of the highest HIV rates among men who sleep with men in the world. - Aug 2014


Most of the time. Lesbian expats have been disappointed in the dating scene here as well. - Jul 2013


Absolutely! The Thais are about as understanding and tolerant as anyone can be. - Jun 2013


Yes. - Jul 2012


From what I hear and see, Bangkok is very gay friendly. - Oct 2011


Anything goes in Bangkok. - Aug 2011


It's Bangkok - plenty of opportunity and no one cares about your prefernce (gay or straight) unless you're flaunting it. Hand holding and public displays of affection from anyone are frowned upon. - Jul 2011


Oh, I have to believe it is very welcoming and respectful. Oddly, I don't know any gay or lesbian expats here, so can't confirm. I'd be shocked to find otherwise. - Feb 2011


Thai people generally don't exhibit public displays of affection, but they seem fairly accepting of gay men. (The illicit gay scene is very active.) They do seem accepting of most expat behavior in general, although in Thai society itself they seem less accepting of lesbians. - May 2010


Not a problem at all for gay or lesbians. - Apr 2010


i do not know, but there are many ladyboys here. - Jan 2010


Hello....this is Bangkok- need I say more:)- Truly, the gay scene, particularly for men, is pretty rife, and much more accepted here in Thailand, than any other place you'll ever live. Because of the tolerance slash acceptance, the gay scene is much more visible here. One thing you'll see virtually everywhere, whether it's at your childs school, in a restaraunt, or at a shopping mall, are "katoys", or "lady boys" as they are often referred to here by the locals. They are men who have either completed a sex change, are undergoing one, or simply opt to cross-dress. Sometimes they're easily spotted, but often times they're not. - Jul 2009


YES! - Apr 2009


Thailand is a very tolerant country and most people will mind their own business. There is a very active gay nightlife scene here. - Feb 2009


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