Restricted Discourse: The Social Lives of Queer Thai University Students
While there has been some progress in the acceptance of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people in Thailand, discrimination towards LGBTQ+ people still exists, particularly in terms of healthcare and social engagement. The country’s social climate is reflected in university ecosystems, where LGBTQ+ students have a lesser sense of belonging inside and outside of the classroom. This project, made possible through a partnership with the Thai student-led organization, Pride Coalition, explores (1) the social challenges that LGBTQ+ students face in a Thai university environment, (2) the language that Thai university students and Thai society as a whole use to describe LGBTQ+ people, and (3) the correlation between the language used to describe LGBTQ+ people and individual perceptions on and interactions with members of the LGBTQ+ community. The results of this study will offer insight into the barriers that a large number of Thai students face in the higher education environment which can be used to improve the experiences of LGBTQ+ students throughout Thailand and offer a comparison of how these issues arise across understudied cultures.