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Debate over gender-neutral toilets gains traction in Thailand

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The debate over the concept of gender-neutral toilets in Thai society has sparked widespread discussion online. The issue arose after a proposal for exclusive LGBTQIA+ toilets was put forward, prompting questions about the feasibility of gender-neutral restrooms in Thailand.

As many countries, including Thailand, become more inclusive of LGBTQIA+ communities, laws such as the Marriage Equality Act have been enacted to provide equal social spaces for these groups. Awareness regarding gender identity and sexual orientation has also been on the rise.

Despite these advancements, discussions surrounding LGBTQIA+ issues continue to surface. The latest topic revolves around toilets, following a debate on whether gender-neutral toilets could be implemented in Thai society.

The proposal references an idea by Sukha Thesis (toilet thesis), a former group of students known for their thesis on LGBTQIA+ toilets, which categorises restrooms into four types:

Firstly, traditional male and female toilets allow transgender individuals to enter based on their gender identity. Secondly, bathrooms with an additional third category for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Thirdly, specifically designated toilets for different genders, such as gay or transgender toilets. Lastly, all-gender toilets can be used by anyone, focusing solely on the functional aspect of toilets as places for personal relief and hygiene.

Public opinion appears divided, with many expressing concerns about the practicality of all-gender toilets. Some people cite their experiences abroad, feeling uncomfortable seeing individuals of other genders using the same facilities, reported KhaoSod.

Safety and cleanliness are also common concerns, with suggestions that male sanitary facilities should not be arranged closely together, should be divided into separate stalls, and should have floor-to-ceiling partitions with secure doors.

In Thailand, the first and second types of toilets already exist to some extent. It is common to see transgender individuals using female toilets, and some opt to use the Universal toilet, which in most cases, is the disabled bathroom, redesigned to be accessible to everyone. One individual cited the discomfort of having to share bathrooms with people of different genders.

“It’s uncomfortable to share a restroom with people of different genders. Safety and cleanliness are major concerns.”

While other users urged a redesign to ensure privacy for all users.

“If we are to have all-gender toilets, they must be designed to ensure privacy and security.”

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