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Gay & Lesbian Scene

Thailand has one of the most tolerant cultures in the world towards homosexuals. Gays and lesbians are pretty much accepted, providing general Thai social mores are observed, and there's no anti-gay establishment.

Thai lesbians choose to call themselves 'tom' and 'dee', roughly corresponding to the western terms 'butch' and 'femme'. 'Tom' comes from the term 'tomboy', while 'dee' is a short form of 'lady'.

Thailand has a thriving gay and lesbian bar scene, which attracts tourists from all over the world. In Bangkok, the gay bars are concentrated along Silom Soi 2 and Soi 4, with Soi 2 being considered 'more gay'. Slightly seedier bars can be found off Surawong Road, along Soi Anuman Rachathon and Soi Tawan. Other bars can be found sprinkled along Sukhumvit, especially Soi 23, and Tanao Road in the Banglumpoo area. All of these bars cater to males only.

While the male gay scene is very much in your face, the lesbian scene is less evident and the venues much more dilute. The scene centers around groups of friends with no specific lesbian areas in the city. The main organization offering information and guidance for lesbians is Anjaree.

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