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Whose Paradise? A Reflection of LGBTIQ Mental Health in Thailand Through Personal and Professional Advocacy

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Kahin Center
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

Part of the Ronald and Janette Gatty series

Mr. Rattanakorn Ratanashevorn (Gon) - Ph.D. Student in Counselor Education & Supervision, University of Missouri - Saint Louis

 Thailand has been perceived globally as an LGBTIQ paradise, but is it really? Underneath the surface, many of the fundamental LGBTIQ rights are not reached due to inequality, injustice, and oppression within society. Unfortunately, and unavoidably, these issues lead to mental health problems among LGBTIQ people. In order to promote LGBTIQ mental health, further advocacy and collaboration need to take place among the stakeholders (e.g., central government organizations, professional bodies and associations, educational institutes and activist organizations). Given that ignorance, lack of awareness, prejudice and discrimination are found in many people in Thailand, the first and foremost step is to have a clear understanding of the current situation in Thailand. The lecturer, originally based in Bangkok, will share his experience of personal and professional advocacy in relation to LGBTIQ mental health. Five areas will be discussed—professional standards, professional training, existing services, research and activism—to illustrate the current LGBTIQ mental health situation in Thailand. Ultimately, Rattanakorn hopes that his work will result in better LGBTIQ mental health in Thailand and make it a country that lives up to the global image of an LGBTIQ paradise. 

Rattanakorn Ratanashevorn (Gon) – Mental health counselor and PhD student, Counselor Education, University of Missouri – St. Louis with MA in Counseling Psychology, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Co-sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Center and the LGBT Resource Center

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Southeast Asia Program, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Psychology, LGBT Resource Center, Asian & Asian American Center, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies



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