ProblemLGBTI people in Thailand represent some of the most marginalized populations in the country. They are subject to widespread discrimination exclusively because of their non-conforming sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE). Weak legal frameworks, and social stigmas and discrimination against the LGBTI community often create barriers for them to access various types of markets and services.
ApproachLove Frankie partnered with UNDP to develop a mixed-methods study on social attitudes towards the LGBTI population in Thailand. The study explored the problems that LGBTI population face highlighting the associated economic, social, and health costs that come with it. Love Frankie conducted an online survey among the LGBTI population (n=1,349) and the general population (n=1,200). In addition, focus group discussions with members of the LGBTI community were conducted in four regions within Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Songkhla and Udon Thani). The research provides critical data on public attitudes and in-depth insight into discrimination toward LGBTI and their coping mechanisms within the contexts of family, social networks, education, workplace, healthcare and social services.
ImpactThe study provides evidence for governmental agencies, international organizations, community-based organizations, media, academia, and the private sector to understand the challenges that sexual and gender minorities face in Thailand to inform programs addressing the needs of these marginalised groups.
ServicesQualitative and quantitative research