LGBTIQ+ activist dresses as a monk


The LGBTIQ+ community is socially tolerated in Thailand. However, there are still traditional norms that limit them to integrate into society fully, which forced many advocates to come up with different forms of activism to grab more attention.

Bold cultural commentary is one of those ways to steal the spotlight.

On 7th June 2021, an LGBTIQ+ activist advocates for gender inclusivity and dresses as a monk with a rainbow sash – their photo was posted online.

But why choose a monk’s attire? Here’s the story.

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LGBTIQ+ advocates for gender inclusivity 


The rainbow flag represents gender inclusivity in monkhood. The advocate donned the multicoloured sash whilst sitting in a meditative state with traditionally shaved hair in order to express that everyone should be able to ordain as a monk. 

They believe that religious practises are universal and a basic human right.

LGBTIQ+ Activist Dresses As A Monk, Advocates For Gender Inclusivity
Image credit: Kapook


Monkhood and nunhood in Thailand


The activist believes that religion is restricted in terms of gender.

The main reason behind this advocate’s actions is the traditional belief that only ordained men, who wear orange robes, can reach nirvana. This is the reason behind why Thai parents expect their sons to be ordained as monks. 

This practice is different from nunhood in Thailand, where women are covered in white robes. Nuns also cannot achieve nirvana, nor can they expect the same support as monks from temples.

Thus, society disapproves of gender inclusion in monkhood. One’s reproductive organs don’t dictate their gender according to the advocate’s assertion, reported Kapook.


Netizens give opinions on their activism


Netizens give their different opinions based on the activist’s acts and challenging this long-established rule.

LGBTIQ+ Activist Dresses As A Monk, Advocates For Gender Inclusivity

Screenshot: SirisakPosh ChaitedSpice

Translation: Awesome!

LGBTIQ+ Activist Dresses As A Monk, Advocates For Gender Inclusivity
Screenshot: SirisakPosh ChaitedSpice

Translation: Your attire looks so peaceful, I really like it.

There are those who disagree with this and deemed this an offensive initiative.

LGBTIQ+ Activist Dresses As A Monk, Advocates For Gender Inclusivity

Screenshot: SirisakPosh ChaitedSpice

Translation: You’ve ordained because you want to reduce your desires or still holding onto your ego?

LGBTIQ+ Activist Dresses As A Monk, Advocates For Gender Inclusivity

Screenshot: SirisakPosh ChaitedSpice

Translation: Inappropriate.


All voices should be heard


Regardless of anyone’s identity, everyone’s voice should be heard. Expressing our concerns can raise awareness and controversial issues.

What do you think is the best way to discuss controversial topics? Is social media a good medium for raising awareness for societal issues? Let us know. 


Cover images adapted from: Culture Trip (Left), Kapook (Right)

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