Pride Across Bangkok: Where to celebrate LGBT+ diversity for this year’s festival

Photo: Pixabay
Photo: Pixabay

We’re in the middle of Pride Month, and there’s still plenty to see and do to partake in this year’s celebrations.

From shopping for rainbow-themed goods to seeing drag divas perform live, here are our picks for the best Pride festivities taking place in the coming weeks.


 

Rainbow Everything

Photo: Guss Damn Good / FB
Photo: Guss Damn Good / FB

We’ve seen some fun rainbow-themed promos and products across town this month, such as concept store Another Story’s colorful line of fashion designs, from t-shirts and chino pants to minimalist watches. Similarly, Guss Damn Good – arguably Bangkok’s hottest ice-cream shop at the moment – is decorating every single one of its stores in rainbow colors, as well as serving LGBT-inspired scoops.

Craft beer and burger joint Bad Burger and Witch Craft will also be serving a “pride burger,” burgers with rainbow-colored buns, all month.

When: Throughout June

 

Love Out Loud

Angele Anang. Photo: Angele Anang / FB
Angele Anang. Photo: Angele Anang / FB

Celebrating self-expression and queer history, the event will feature glamorous drag shows performed by “Thailand’s RuPaul” Pangina Heals, alongside guest performers — who are also notable drag personalities in the region – Angele Anang, Gimhuay, Kana Warrior and Vanda Miss Joaquim.

Admission fee is THB300, which includes one drink. A portion of the proceeds made on the night’s beverage sales will go to Love Foundation to raise awareness for individuals whose lives have been affected by HIV and AIDS. 

When: 7pm – midnight on June 19

Where: Woo Bar, ground floor of W Bangkok, North Sathorn Road

 

Happy Pride Party

Photo: The Stranger Bar / FB
Photo: The Stranger Bar / FB

Dubbed the city’s “house of drag queens,” The Stranger Bar will host drag artists Zymone (from Season 5 of The Voice Thailand), M Stranger Fox (Drag Race Thailand, Season 2), Cherilyn, Gisele, and more performers.

When: 9pm until late on June 20

Where: The Stranger Bar on Soi Silom 4

 

Pride Month Celebration

Photo via AARP's website
Image via AARP’s website

Bangkok-based LGBT advocate group OUT BKK joins hands with UNGlobe, GLIFAA and Equal AF to host a rooftop party for LGBT individuals and their friends and supporters to get together — the community that gets schwasted together, stays together, after all. The event will see an array of activities including performances, games and giveaways.

When: 6pm – 10pm on June 26

Where: SO Sofitel Bangkok on North Sathorn Road

 

The Remembrance

Photo: S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre / FB

LGBT artist Narath Boriboonhiranthana, known for expressing her “fragile self and unforgettable memory,” creates Art Nouveau-inspired artwork using perforation techniques performed by knife.

When: April 30 – June 30

Where: Subhashok The Arts Centre (S.A.C.) on Soi Sukhumvit 39

 

Tomboy Bangkok

Photo: Tomboy Bangkok / FB
Photo: Tomboy Bangkok / FB

Capturing the uniqueness of self-described young “tomboys” in Bangkok, photographer Derek Brown will show 65 portraits of the subjects at an art space Whiteline. There will also be live music performed by DJ Aeffect and her partner Dj Lemony. Admission is free.

When: 7pm to 10:30pm on June 21, June 22, and June 28

Where: Whiteline on Soi Silom 8

 

Drag-a-licious 2

Pangina Heals. Photo: @chaicharn_photography / Pangina Heals FB
Pangina Heals. Photo: @chaicharn_photography / Pangina Heals FB

Pangina Heals, often referred to as “Thailand’s RuPaul,” will lead her crew to this 1920s Shanghai-themed basement bar for a big, brilliantly bizarre night of drag entertainment. Admission fee is THB500, which includes two drinks. The first 20 people to show up in drag costumes will get free entry into the event.

When: 7:30pm until late on June 30

Where: Maggie Choo’s at Novotel Fenix Silom Hotel

 

LGBT+ Film Festival

Screenshot from “My Own Private Idaho.” Image courtesy of Gus Van Sant/Fine Line Features

The indie cinema is hosting the second edition of Bangkok’s LGBT+ Film Festival. This year it will feature nearly a dozen films, including My Own Private Idaho, Gus Van Sant’s landmark in queer cinema starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix, American biopic Mapplethorpe and Israeli documentary Family in Translation.

When: July 2 – July 7

Where: Bangkok Screening Room on Soi Sala Daeng 1

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