Thailand is the country to watch in 2017
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, and the country is full of escort agencies.
And as Thailand is a popular destination for gay men and transgender people, it has been one of the top destinations for LGBT rights activists.
However, some have criticized the country’s strict anti-discrimination laws.
The government says that the laws protect everyone, but LGBT activists say that is not true.
“The anti-LGBT laws are not really in place in Thailand.
You can find all kinds of things, like transphobia and discrimination,” said Samir Meghna, a member of the Bangkok Pride Alliance.
“Thailand has no laws that guarantee equal treatment for LGBT people.”
Meghna says that in some areas, gay men can still be arrested for being gay and detained without trial for up to a year, or even executed.
Meghnas brother was recently killed in a gay bar in Bangkok.
Meghns family says he was tortured by the police.
“We’ve been trying to get his body back for two years, but they said he was in a bad state and had died,” Samir told CNN.
“If he had been found alive, we would have been killed by now,” Meghnas wife told CNN, adding that she has been trying for two months to get her husband’s body back.
In some parts of Thailand the police have used excessive force against LGBT activists.
On February 25, a police officer allegedly beat and injured three activists at a protest against the new anti-gay laws.
The activist who was beaten said he feared for his life after being punched repeatedly in the head, nose and upper body.
“I’m scared for my life, but I can’t leave,” said the activist.
The activist, known only as Fak, said he and his friends were arrested after they refused to give up their protest.
He said the police had beat them and beat them with rubber batons, and beat him with a stick.
They took him to the police station, where he was beaten and put in handcuffs, he said.
“The police just laughed at us,” Fak told CNN of the police beating him.
“They didn’t even care if they were beating us or not.
They just didn’t care.”
The activist said he did not feel safe to go to work because of the situation, and that police often used excessive violence against LGBT protesters.
“I think the police are not being careful about their policies,” he said, adding he was afraid of being arrested for protesting and the police would not let him go home.
“It’s been like that for a long time.
They’re not taking any chances.
I just want to go home and finish this.”
The rights groups that work to protect LGBT people in Thailand, like the National Alliance for Sexual Freedom and the Thai Civil Liberties Association, say that they believe there is no law to guarantee equal rights for LGBT citizens in Thailand anymore.
“What’s the law?
The law is not the law,” said Nairam Kachurumarn, a lawyer with the National Advocacy Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Rights (ANGLTA), adding that the government has a clear anti-equality stance.
“No one has ever been arrested for the rights of LGBT people here in Thailand.”
She said the law protects the rights and dignity of trans people, but there is also a lack of legal protections for the LGBT community in Thailand that include LGBT people being discriminated against and arrested for political or religious reasons.
“In the past few years, we’ve seen a significant increase in the arrests of people for their political beliefs, their sexual orientation, for things like ‘gay propaganda,'” she said.
“So it’s just not in the best interests of people.”
But the government is continuing to push for the passage of anti-transgender laws, with the government’s 2017 budget spending nearly US$1.7 billion to promote the legislation.
The government says the new laws will make Thailand a more equal society.
But in the past year, the government and the anti-sexual harassment organization ANGLTA have called for a ban on gay men having sex with men in public spaces, and a ban for gay sex to be illegal in public, while a transgender woman has been arrested in a Bangkok hotel for “sodomy” after she was discovered to be having sex in a public restroom with another woman.
In response to the crackdown, the Thai government has been forced to introduce a number of new laws.
For example, the new law banning same-sex sex in public places is scheduled to take effect on March 1, and it will allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice in the government-run Thai University of Science and Technology (THUST), but that is expected to remain illegal until 2019.
But LGBT activists have expressed concern that the anti/transgender legislation could make the situation worse.”Th