Hundreds join colourful Pride Parade in Thai city

Hundreds of people joined a colourful Pride Parade in Chiang Mai in Thailand on Saturday (February 22nd). The event, which celebrates the LGBT community, has been held for two years in a row following a ten-year hiatus. LGBT people in Thailand do not have the freedoms many enjoy in the West. Thai law currently does not recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships. A 2014 report by the United Nations Development Programme said that LGBT people "still face discrimination affecting their social rights and job opportunities", and "face difficulty gaining acceptance for non-traditional sexuality, even though the tourism authority has been promoting Thailand as a gay-friendly country".