Gay U.S. couple arrested in Thailand for exposing their butts at Thai temple

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A couple is facing jail time for exposing their butts at the Temple of Dawn in Bangkok, Thailand.

Travis and Joseph Dasilva, both 38, run the Instagram account “Traveling Butts,” which features pictures of the couple exposing their butts at international locations. The Instagram account has since been deleted.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I

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One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award® Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

The Thursday, May 4, performance will be sign language interpreted.

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Transgender people in Thailand face discrimination, challenges

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Bangkok (AP) – The most dangerous place in high school for Jetsada Taesombat was the boys’ bathroom. Her makeup, her lipstick, her accessories became signals to fellow students who targeted her with cruel jokes, insults and physical abuse. But Jetsada refused to hide her transgender identity.

The visibility of transgender people, especially in Bangkok, might make Thailand appear more liberal than other countries regarding their identity. But the reality, they say, is that transgender Thais face deep discrimination, scorn and aggression. Often, it happens in bathrooms, where closed doors and expectations of privacy ensure secrecy for the perpetrators.

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Thai ice cream company apologizes for Facebook gay slur

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BANGKOK (AP) – A Thai ice cream company owned by Unilever has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting marking the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, a spokeswoman said June 29.

The post on the Facebook page of Wall’s Thailand, which was quickly removed, showed black bean-flavored ice cream with the caption #LOVEWINS – the hashtag used by supporters of the court verdict. “Black beans” is a demeaning slang term for gay men that originated from a famous pedophilia case in Thailand.

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