- In March 31, Thailand will celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility with performances, exhibition and a history-making job fair.
- Events were organized by Museum Siam, Phayao Youth News Agency and TEAK Trans Empowerment.
The goal of events will be to celebrate the lives of transgender people and to spread awareness on transgender identity.
Thailand marked March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility, with performances, exhibitions, and a history-making job fair.
The transgender latest news, published on Press Reader and originally printed on Bangkok Post last March 26, announced that advocacy groups and other institutions will celebrate the lives of transgender people and to spread awareness on transgender identity.
The events will be held at the Museum Siam, a discovery museum that is centrally located in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.
Organized by the Museum Siam, Phayao Youth News Agency and TEAK Trans Empowerment, the day will feature workshops, discussions, exhibitions and performances from transgender artists.
Talks will be held during the day. Discussions will be centered on non-binary individuals, elderly transgender people, and more.
Furthermore, the museum will also hold an exhibition of the collection of images from Naeree Photography and Nana Chen. The collection is said to be casting a new light on transgender men and women, capturing the state of transgender movement in the country.
Additionally, performances are slated in the evening. Scheduled performances were from renowned artists such as Johnnifer from The Voice, Chinz from I Can See Your Voice, Tara Transitory and Nguyen Baly, Noey Taritsara, and a show by Sisters Cabaret from Pattaya.
This year’s theme
Kaona Saowakun, a trans activist and cofounder of the advocacy group TEAK Trans Empowerment, explained this year’s theme, “My Hope For Today and Tomorrow.”
“We choose the theme hope in order for everyone in the community to remain hopeful for today and tomorrow that our lives will get better,” Kaona said.
Kaona also stated that legislative reform that would forward and protect transgender rights is one of the things hoped for in the future.
“… that one day we shall have gender recognition law, a law to protect us from discrimination so we can be equal with everyone,” Kaona remarked.
Historic job fair
The day will also mark the historic transgender-friendly job fair, the first ever job-hunting fair specifically for transgender workers. It will host a number of many notable companies including Watashi Engineering, Krungthai Axa, APCOM Foundation, and more.
With the goal of implementing inclusion within the workplace, organizers said that they want to bring attention to prejudice that trans workers face in the labor market.
“We intend to host this transgender-friendly job fair to raise awareness and challenge our community that there is discrimination in employment,” Kaona said. “Many people can’t get a job because they are transgender, ad some are faced with verbal harassment. We wish for the community and the society to realize this problem.”
The International Transgender Day of Visibility is a worldwide event that takes place every March 31st of the year, celebrating transgender people. Founded by US-based activist Rachel Crandall, it was established in tandem to the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day remembering slain transgender victims.