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Short Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Double Discrimination: LGBTI Persons with Disabilities
6 April, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Marginalized groups continue to face discrimination in multiple areas of their lives. Various campaigns and organizations have sought to reduce the impact and tackle the problems faced directly by the community that they represent, with varying degrees of success. However, what happens if someone faces multiple marginalizations at the same time? Double discrimination is widespread, but there is little recognition for it in Southeast Asia. In this event on 6 April at 6PM, the double discrimination faced by the LGBTI people who are also people with disabilities will be discussed.
Organized by the Very Inclusive Party — a group of 5 International Development Studies students at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University – with SEA Junction, the event consists of screening of a short documentary followed by a panel discussion on double discrimination. The short video reveals the common challenges that LGBTI and people with disabilities share. It documents two conversations between a transwoman with a blind person and a gay person with a deaf person. This short spontaneous film portrays the genuine emotion and unscripted stories of the two un-bridged communities in Thailand. This is so the challenges of each community become better known and understood. The video can be accessed by people with disabilities.
Reflecting on the theme of the screened film, speakers who represent both communities and those who bridge them will discuss on the “intersectional” discrimination faced by people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics and disability. The lack of communication and collaboration between the two marginalized communities will also be discussed, as will what should be done and by who.
- Sawang Srisom, disability activist
- Thamawat Sutthipong, a blind LGBTI person
- Siri Ninlapruek, LGBTI activist
- Akekawat Pimsawan, core member of Togetherness for Equality and Action (TEA) Group
Moderator: Thanita Wongprasert, independent youth LGBTI activist
SEA Junction, OUR Venue on Southeast Asia SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see www.seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/
Very Inclusive Party (VIP)
Very Inclusive Party is a group of 5 International Development Studies students at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University (MAIDS-GRID). Advised by Carl Middleton, the group holds a keen interest in initiating an innovative way to empower LGBTI persons with disabilities to communicate with each other and to the public about the barriers to access a free and independent life. We aim to disseminate a short awareness raising video on social media platforms and at the event where the public can meet and participate in discussion on this little recognized topic.