Phuket (Gay) Pride 2013 will be produced by a club under the name "Phuket Loves yoU" PLU.
Read more about it from their website.
The PLU current chosen charity project is "The life home project". Read more about them here and their mission statement here on Facebook. The mission statement is not available on the website so be sure you read it from the Facebook page.
GLBT Projects maybe supported by the PLU charity projects
MR Gay Phuket
The Mr. Gay Phuket which is going to take place during the Phuket Pride week will have their own choice of charity project. Follow them on Facebook
Andaman Power / Rainbow Sky Association Thailand (RSAT) are both organization working for the Thai GLBT community with funding from The Global Fund until March this year.
Rainbow Sky is Thailands oldest registered Gay NGO and Andaman Power is a (Phuket) local non registered organization but it has basically been working under the umbrella of Rainbow Sky until the end of March 2013.
From April 2013 Andaman Power will work under a different NGO and will be supported by the Thai government.
Previous Projects by Andaman Power in Phuket included peer educator training, safe sex edjucation, Condom training (expire date, safe lubrication, how to open) production and spreading of leaflets and condoms with safe lubricants. Andaman Power also works with Sabadee clinic, the MSM clinic funded by TUC at Patong hospital with free tesing and information. Outreach and testing at Gay Bars in Paradise Complex. There have also been some projects with information to hotel staff and hotel management about LGBT rights issues for staff and LGBT awareness in customer relatiuons funded by TBCA.
For the transgender community there has been a Beauty Queen contest where alle the participants did go trough a training project to be peer educators in the community.
One other organization working hard for the Thai GLBT community is Anjaree. They are now active in trying to make a change to legalize same sex relations in Thailand. Follow them on Face book or on their website www.anjaree.org/
1999 - Revisit one of the best Gay festivals in Asia.
first Gay Festival and Parade was staged in 1999 and was an
instant crowd pleaser for tourist and native alike –
Gay and straight. The first festival was 20-21September 1999.
In 1999 there were still big trees in Paradise Complex and on the beach road. In Paradise you could see the hilly mountains and there was a nice breze from the hills down to the beach.
The event was something totally new and unheard of in Patong. The parade went from Paradise Complex down to Beach road and back in Paradise Complex. There was a stage with performances beside the police box on the beach, close to Bangla rd. The crowd along the streets was probably the biggest. See for yourself in this historical 1999 gallery
The 2011 Phuket Gay Pride was a success and the gay street of Paradise Complex was for over a week packed with more people than seen in several years.
Every night held a special themed party and kept the organizers busy on the stage to present the different events. Thanks to you all and specially (picture below, left to right)
Visanu Prasertkul nickname Helena
Sompol Sitthiwetch nickname Vickky
Samram Suwan nickname Ake
Naruenart Toonbudha nickname Prada
For the first time ever the festival events was broadcasted live on Internet by Bambuser och an iPhone. You can still go back and watch this on the bambuser website by this link http://bambuser.com/channel/Connectguesthouse
Revisit the festival on You Tube. There are plenty of VDO on youtube from the festival. Here is a selection of clips for you to start with
Nearly 100 pictures more from Picasaweb. click on the thumbnail picture below
Look at the movie
You can go to GayPatong.com
and look at some streaming VDO clips from previous years festivals
to get some idea of what you can expect from this amazing festival.
Click here for
the VDO page
Do you want to see how the parade was last year, take a look at our
streaming VDO at the Movie