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inside Features 8  Cover Story Paisarn Likhitpreechakul 14 Bhundari Spa&Resort 16  Meet Bash Helmet: Truth, Justice & the American Gay 20 Purple People 18 Venture Out Sea Seeking 26 Big Talila’s Moving Movie

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Out Every Month 4

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Shout Out !

6 Outpost 32 Out on TV 34 Out at the Doc’s 36 Out at the Movies 38 Ask Darika 86 Coming Out Next Month

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Out in Thailand guides, listings & maps 42 Out in Bangkok 52 Out in Koh Samui 57 Out in Chiang Mai 67 Out in Phuket 76 Out in Pattaya 4

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James Barnes <editor@out-in-thailand.com> SHOUT OUT ! March 2012 You

This month has the first part of a major interview with award winning gay activist and columnist for The Nation newspaper, Paisarn Likhitpreechakul, you can be part of a super new documentary film and we introduce the world’s first gay superhero, Bash Helmet- he’s OUT to save the world! Also, see all the details of ‘A Night OUT in Thailand’ in Chiang Mai. Best wishes,

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE OUT iT Profile:Paisarn Likhitpreechakul Part 1

The award winning journalist of The Nation and gay rights activist took time out of his busy schedule to talk to James Barnes about his life and work. Some consider his views to be explosive: he is at the spearhead of a new generation of gay Thais who demand to be heard. The National Lesbian and Gay Federation of Ireland with the GALA International Prize honoured Paisarn Likhitpreechakul, The Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s columnist on gay affairs since 2001, for Gay Rights Activist of the Year sponsored jointly by Amnesty International (Irish section), Front Defenders, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the National Lesbian and Gay Federation. Paisarn was also awarded the prize for Gay Activist of the Year in OUT iTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first national awards. 8


A defender of gay and other rights, he fought against the Army’s practice of altering the personal records of transgender draftees to describe them as ‘suffering from permanent psychosis.’ The Thai courts have now ruled against the practise. “It marked a huge stride forward for transgender rights in the country,” he said, adding, “It is very meaningful that the court found in favour of the petition because the court reasoned that transgenders are like everyone else, they have human rights and human dignities that cannot be violated.” “When I heard about it, I saw hope that even the most conservative sector in society can change, that times have changed and they realise that and they are willing to move with the times.” Paisarn told of how these awards sent a strong message of support and solidarity to all the members of the homosexual community in Thailand, many of whom are working in very isolated and vulnerable situations. “Despite the gay-friendly image that Thailand enjoys internationally, there is much ingrained homophobia and discrimination.”

“There is a myth, especially among foreigners, that Thailand is ‘tolerant’ towards gays and transgenders. After all, hardly a day goes by without one seeing a ladyboy or katoey [male-to-female transgender]. Most Thais also like to believe in such a feel-good story, as well as spin it to foreigners.” Paisarn was born in Phitsanulok Province but is cagey about his age, “This is going to hurt my dating opportunities! Let me say that I’m exactly where life is supposed to begin. He studied engineering in Japan for a few years and quit. Then he came back to Thailand and went to medical school, but didn’t finish. “So I’m a proud double dropout!” he jokes. He says that his childhood was pretty uneventful. “I grew up in a small city, definitely not the most ‘happening’ place. When I was about eight or nine, I saw a picture of Michelangelo’s David and thought, “Wow, I wanted to be like him.” Now, looking back, I think I didn’t really want to be like him. I wanted to be with him. That was probably my first ‘gay’ moment.” 9


There is a myth especially among foreigners that Thailand is ‘tolerant’

“I actually came to the full realization that I was gay, very late, at about 19. At first, it’s only my body telling me I was gay but I was not mentally prepared to accept it. I struggled with it for a couple of years until I fell in love with someone and everything fell into place.” After another few years of a long-distance relationship with my first boyfriend, I decided to move to New York to start a life together with him. Then only two weeks into it, my parents called to tell me about a serious crisis at home. So I had to come back to help sort it out. At the end of the agreed 10

period, they begged me not to go back to New York, so I had to tell them who was waiting for me there.” “They were surprised, but I guess at that point they didn’t really have a choice but accept me. Although my mum, I’m sure, would have no problem anyway, my dad thought it was a phase and kept suggesting girls for me to marry for the rest of his life. Both my younger brother and my late sister were also wonderful about it. Unfortunately, the relationship itself didn’t survive the separation in the end.”


Paisarn never thought about becoming a writer although, these days it is a compulsion, “Growing up, all I was told was that I should become a doctor or an engineer. Well, I tried both and it didn’t work out very well. I read a lot and when I was in med school, I kept a journal and began to write some poetry as a way to work out my angst and confusion in a structured way. From then on, it was more like a compulsion. I write because I have to. It’s like you feel this internal turmoil that needs to be depressurized. So you write, otherwise you implode inside.”

An avid reader, this fiercely intelligent guy is a fan of the classics. “I was inspired by universal poets like Tagore and Gibran. And I read a lot of fiction, but if I have to pick one book, which wins hands down, it would be Orwell’s 1984 which spookily resembles present day Thailand. With a background in science, I also love popular science books like those by Darwin, Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins. As a student of early Buddhism, I am also a big fan of Professor Richard Gombrich with whom I studied Pali – the Buddha’s language – this summer.” 11


‘Thailand can make human rights history’

Paisarn has now been with the Nation for 10 years but started working for the English-language listings magazine Bangkok Metro. “A friend, Don Pathan whom I met while volunteering one summer at a refugee camp, suggested that I interviewed with The Nation as a science writer. But soon, it was more than science that I covered.” Khun Phatarawadee “Ann” Phataranawik, editor of the new ‘Weekend’ section, came up with the idea of a gay column in 2001. “She asked if I was interested. I was just out of a 8-year relationship and didn’t know much of anything about Bangkok gay life, but I thought I would love to know a bit more, so I accepted. I believe “Out and About” was the first regular gay column in a mainstream newspaper in Thailand.” 12

Paisarn is enthusiastic about his work, especially having the opportunity to cover important subjects with a wide audience. “The greatest thing about being a gay columnist at The Nation is that they allow me to write for the op/ed page in the main section, which reaches a much wider audience, not just column fans. Personally rewarding for me were the opinion pieces written between November 2010 and June 2011 on Thailand’s LGBT stance at the UN. The first one (“It’s time for Thailand to end state homophobia”) was written out of my indignation at Thailand’s abstention in November 2010 when ‘sexual orientation’ was voted off the list of grounds for protection against extrajudicial killings in a resolution.” When there was an effort to reinstate it one month later, he wrote another. “There’s nothing partial about universal rights- this second piece was presented at the press conference we organized in which international human rights expert Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn was keynote speaker. We also submitted a letter to PM Abhisit through the Office of the Prime Minister, asking that Thailand vote to support this global effort. It was followed by another piece (“Thailand must not condone a ‘licence to kill’ gays”) on the day of the voting. When it turned out that Thailand abstained again, we staged a mock-execution protest in front of the Government House and submitted a letter demanding explanation.”


Later, as a reaction to the whole extrajudicial killing resolution incident there was another international effort at the UN Human Rights Council to get as many countries as possible to sign on a joint-statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBT’s. “So we sent a letter to the Foreign Ministry asking them to cosign the statement but didn’t organize a protest or anything, and I wrote another piece (“Thailand’s shameful rejection of human rights”). I don’t know if the people at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs actually read any of my stuff. I suspect that they might have because while I was in Geneva to speak at an unrelated side-event at the UN Human Rights Council, a member of the Irish delegation came over to ask if I wrote the opinion piece and congratulated me because Thailand had just signed the joint-statement as urged in the article! I was incredulous at first, but a key member of the US delegation said the same thing. I think they perhaps gave the article too much credit, though. If anything,

by reminding the government that we’re keeping an eye on their moves, it gave the final push for the official re-positioning which many of us have worked for over the years. Still it gives me a small personal satisfaction that I got to play a part in all of this.” In June 2011, a group of countries led by South Africa proposed a draft resolution which if passed would become the first-ever UN resolution specifically on sexual orientation and gender identity. This inspired another compelling piece from Paisarn: ‘Thailand can make human rights history.’ “This urged our UN delegation to support it. And Thailand was among the 23 member countries of the UN Human Rights Council to vote in favour and pass this historic resolution. So our work with the Foreign Ministry over the years finally made a difference. And we went to meet them and express our gratitude a week later.” Part 2 Next Month. 13


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third property to be operated by Centara Hotels and Resorts on Samui, and has opened only this year. Located on a hillside with a path leading down to the beach, and with views over the town of Chaweng just 10 minutes away, the resort is designed in Southern Thai style with 124 deluxe rooms and villas built on a scale that allows privacy. The deluxe rooms start at 42 sq m, while the villas start at 48 sq m. Each room and villa has its own private terrace or patio, while the larger villas offer the choice of a private pool or a Jacuzzi on the sundeck.


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na and steam room attached. There are two swimming pools, the main pool being on the hillside overlooking the beach, with the other pool at the beach itself. The spa is an attraction in its own right, and is being marketed as such.

Along with all the attractions provided by Bhundhari Spa Resort & Villas, there are the delights of Samui itself. The resort is located at the northern end of Chaweng Beach, where there is plenty of peace and quiet, yet within a few minutes guests can be in the centre of Chaweng itself, with all its shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

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Purple People By Kenneth Dobson

My friend and I were having lunch at a street-side restaurant when a charming vision of young male-dom glided by. “Do you think he’s one of the purple people?” my friend asked. It is a game we play. Of course, any answer is right because neither of us is going to have facts, except our gaydar based on not much more than simple intuition and latent hope.

But this time I thought, “Hum. ‘Purple People’ is a title that doesn’t sting.” Not all of the things we are called are so benign. On the other hand, it does depend on who is doing the name-calling. Members of stigmatized minority groups sometimes adopt the worst epithet from the oppressive majority as a code word among themselves to promote bonding. We have begun to use “queer” that way. LGBTQ is showing up more and more in our literature. If we use the term, it is OK, but if they are calling us queer, somebody is going to be hurt one way 20

or another. Nevertheless, it has taken several decades to domesticate the word queer even this much. The pink triangle has taken just as long. It was used by the NAZI’s as the patch sewn onto clothing of homosexual males being transported to concentration camps. Now we carry big pink triangles in our gay pride rallies along with our rainbow flags. It is less well remembered that black triangles were what the NAZI’s forced lesbians to wear, because these women were judged to be anti-social for presumably refusing to


carry out National Socialism’s role for all Aryan women was to produce the next generation of the master race. What an irony that the great grand daughters of the ones they sent away for refusing to bear children are now being vilified for insisting on the right for lesbian couples to have children. We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. We should be used to it by now. One of the sources of power we give to oppressors and tyrants is to acquiesce to the names they pin on us. Therefore, we fight against their terms for us and for the oppression they bring. But, later when we reclaim the name or the symbol, we achieve a double victory: we regain control over our identity and its meaning and we retain in full view our oppressor’s shame, to prevent it being denied. I am hinting that we could proudly add some big black triangles to our gay pride parades.

I have always thought of “homosexual” as a neutral, vaguely scientific term for us. Of course, “homosexual” does not fit our bi-sexual and our transsexual kinfolks, so it is flawed by not being comprehensive of the sexual diversity we espouse. And now a recent book argues that “homosexual”, too, is a pejorative label we should resist since outsiders to describe us as medical cases, which we are not, invented it. The designation “invert” was rejected for this reason 75 years ago, even though the most supportive of our ancestors, including Oscar Wilde and Marcel Proust, thought of themselves as inverts and thought it was a progressive thing to be called. It takes effort and vigilance to be inclusive and non-objectifying in thought, word and deed. And that, of course, is the issue: how to resist being treated as “other” and how to keep from doing that to…uh…others. So, for the next season or so I will try out the friendly, inclusive term Purple People and see how it fits.

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Venture OUT Sea Seeking By Adam Preston 

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With over 3,000 km of coastline, the Kingdom of Thailand is sure to have something to please everyone who likes to spend time by the sea, whether you prefer snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, sailing, motor crafts or just relaxing with cool sea breezes. Another factor, which can influence our decision on where to go, is the level of gay life available.  It is always going to be a compromise between quality of the natural environment and existence of a gay scene.  Gay life needs a certain critical mass of people to make it happen so big cities have it all while there is far less happening at small resort areas.

People looking for good snorkelling and scuba diving in the Gulf of Thailand should know that coral reefs only occur south of Chumpon province. Koh Tao has great snorkelling and scuba diving but has no gay scene. Nearby, Koh Pangan has great beaches and is a thriving location for wind and kite surfers but not so good snorkelling or scuba diving and, as on Koh Tao, the backpacker hetero scene leaves many gay people feeling isolated and bored at night.


Koh Samui is not far away.  With its international airport, wide range of gay friendly accommodation and growing gay ex-pat community it is the centre for gay life in the region.  Several new bars have opened in the last year.  While the beaches in the main tourist centres are busy, the south and east coast are still largely deserted and pristine with good options for snorkelling, kayaking and kite surfing. On the Andaman coast, the three main tourist destinations are worlds apart in terms of gay scene.  Phuket is one of the most established in Thailand while Krabi is in its infancy and on Phi Phi you are likely to feel like the only gay on the island. For scuba divers the best day trip in the region is the The King Cruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef  and Shark Point- all about equal distance from Krabi, Phuket or Phi Phi, about 2 hours sailing.

Visitors to the famous Phang Nga Bay area can stay in Phuket, Krabi or the town of Phang Nga itself.  This bay formed between Krabi and Phuket has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.  The shallow water and river run-off make it unsuitable for snorkelling or scuba diving but great for sailing and famous for canoeing and sightseeing.  To avoid the crowds, overnight trips are the best way to explore. Some companies provide accommodation on the small islands, while others have boats with cabins.

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Big Talila’s Moving Movie Shlomi Refaeli is an Israeli writer who is telling a new story in a new medium: a touching documentary film set in the stunning scenery of Pai- the beautiful rural retreat that draws thousands of tourists to the north of Thailand. Shlomi spoke to James Barnes about his life and the movie, ‘Big Talila’.

In Israel he worked as a journalist for “Hadashot Newspaper” and Haifa’s local ’paper, “Yediot Tikshoret” but in 2001 he moved to the peaceful haven of Pai after visiting Bangkok and Chiang Mai as a tourist. He loves the dramatic contrast between his new home and the turbulence of Israeli life. His biographical documentary is about a very unusual person named Talila. She is originally from Israel and is a 51-year-old male to female transsexual. For the last 8 years, she has also been living in Pai. “I have known Talila for many years and when a mutual friend, Edna Swartz suggested making a movie about Talila, I 26

went for it,” he says. The project began as a short ‘clip’ but it soon became clear that there was huge potential to make a major film and in a little over three years, there is now more than 100 hours of footage with more to shoot. Director, Shlomi says that the final cut will run for just over one hour. In Israel, Talila worked as a prostitute for 20 years, mostly on the streets. She says she stopped counting after 25,000 customers. Talila likes to be with women too.  Her best friend is Asu, a Lisu hill tribe woman. Asu is the mother of seven daughters, two of them adopted. She is


a poor woman, but very hard working. Asu grows rice for her clan (some of the rice sacks are stored in Talila’s house); She also makes wallets and cloth which she sells at the night market in Pai. Asu cleans Talila’s house and has learned to make an Israeli salad for her. In exchange, Talila bought her a motorbike and helps with money. In the film, Talila talks about her life, past and present, as the audience views images of the beautiful Pai valley and it’s amazing people. Talila is a celebrity in Pai.  Everybody knows her. The film shows her interactions with travellers

from all over the world and with the local Thai people. Her physical presence alone asks people to let go of their limited ideas of what it means to be a man or a woman. In addition, Talila is not shy and boldly challenges people with her feedback.  After knowing someone for five minutes, she tells them exactly what their problem is and offers her solution. She is very honest.  When asked what she did in Israel, she does not hesitate to say she was a prostitute. It is a tribute to her that she has many friends. While talking about her life in the past, we see her building a hut for flowers in 27


her back yard. She goes to the back of a grocery shop, a patch of jungle and for 30 baht, she is allowed to cut bamboo and she carries it off on her motorbike. While she is cutting the bamboo, she tells what it is like to be a transsexual.  She lives in the twilight zone between being a man and a woman but prefers to be treated as a woman. “Thais are relatively small people and, because of her size, Talila has had many problems,” says Shlomi, “small chairs sometimes get broken when she sits on them or they give her back pain. When she weighs herself on a public scale, it shows “O.L” meaning “overload!” The locals call her, ‘Farang chang noi’ (little foreign elephant) and in the film, she talks 28

about her process of self-acceptance and how her family came to accept her as well. The film is amusing as it is moving with Talila’s special brand of humorous philosophy. The movie’s soundtrack is based on authentic Lisu hill tribe music, giving it an enchanting, otherworldly feel. Talila is unique, interesting and charismatic. Here is a person whose philosophy, thoughts and observations about life need to be documented and preserved on film. This movie is intended to amaze, educate, and open minds. Talila says, “Enough with these rules, of man or woman, there are people who are in the middle. There are people who are not defined”.


You can be part of this unique project by donating funds to help finish the film, which will be shown on the internet, be available on DVD and Shlomi hopes that TV stations will be keen to screen it. Go to www.bigtalila.com or www.indiegogo.com/bigtalila for full details. As a thank you to donors, Shlomi is offering a few perks: Pledges of $1 or more: come to Pai, Thailand and you will get a big hug from Big Talila, and one from the director. Pledges of $50 or more: those hugs and a credit on bigtalila.com. Pledges of $500 or more: you will get a free DVD of the Big Talila Documentary and have dinner with Talila and the director in Pai. $800 or more: all that and an after dinner tour of Paiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nightlife with Talila. Pledge of $1,400 or more: add a special thanks credit on the website and movie. Pledge more than $5,000 and get an Executive Producer credit. 29


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Our first night OUT in Thailand will be on March 8th at the fabulously friendly Yokka Dok bar in Chiang Mai, voted by you as the best bar in the city, where your hosts will guarantee a memorable Night OUT in Thailand. There will be a FREE buffet and special guest star, Justin Pascau will sing a sensational set of songs, including ‘OUT in Thailand’ and a bunch of favourites. “I am so excited to be in Chiang Mai to perform,” enthuses the 25-year-old heart throb. David Hardie, of Yokka Dok says, “Pui and I are very excited to be hosting the first ‘Night Out in Thailand’ party and couldn’t be more pleased that Justin will be performing. Thank you to all who voted for Yokka Dok in the 2012 awards, we plan to make this party a night to remember.”

The fun kicks off at 8.00 pm on March 8th so get there early and be prepared to stay late! Our April issue will have a full party photo report so you might see yourself starting that modelling career you always dreamed of! 31


Ab Fab is (still) Ab Fab Auntie Beeb (The BBC) have launched four new channels on True Vision in Thailand- a godsend for the discerning viewer who can luxuriate in that peculiarly English language and humour that is missing in the land of smiles. On BBC Entertainment (True Vision ch.149) you can revisit Eddy and Patsy, our old friends in Absolutely Fabulous.

Hard to believe that Ab Fab first burst onto the small screen in 1992. It really is 20 years since we were originally treated to the comic capers of those two middle-aged teenagers: Eddy the faddish PR guru (said to be based on real life PR consultant Lynne Franks), permanently searching for herself and Patsy, one time super model and all time lush and slut. Eddy’s teenage middle-aged daughter Saffron, proved that it is the children who raise their parents- always disapproving of her mother’s drug taking life in the fat lane. 32

Most TV sitcoms suffer aging even less that our dynamic duo but Ab Fab is as funny today as it was two decades back. Jennifer Saunders, wrote the script and populates Eddie’s character as fully as can be in a cartoon portrayal and Joanna Lumley’s Patsy Stone is a towering edifice of crumbling glamour held together by bottles of Bolly and countless nosefulls of a mysterious white powder. A supporting cast that includes top talents like Jane Horrocks (Little Voice), Julia Sawalha (Pride & Prejudice) and English comedy stalwart June Whitfield make this one of


the best loved telly comedies of all time. The guest stars that turned up to play themselves ranged from Sir Elton John through Helena Bonham-Carter to Minnie Driver, allow themselves to be pilloried and brought a busload of kudos and comedy classic moments to every show. Ab Fab is still a biting satire on the fashion industry and after all these years, it remains a sabre toothed treat that every OUT iT will love to revisit or be introduced to.

Gay themes abound, with Eddy’s model son, Serge, only ever seen in one show, being a gay guy in New York, fathered by Eddy’s second husband who is also gay. Eddy even adopts Serge’s boyfriend as her own son. Eleanor Bron as an Absinthe-swilling, bohemian nymphomaniac, played Patsy’s mother- like mother like daughter, love both. Let’s hope that the BBC shows all five seasons of Absolutely Fabulous, along with the three recently made ‘specials’. 33


“Herbal Viagra” is it Safe? By Doc John

Men at any age can suffer from the occasional failure of erection- one just can’t get it up or keep it up. This is not a problem except when it happens frequently or has been diagnosed as erectile dysfunction (ED); a condition that many more mature men suffer. There are many products on the market to temporarily relieve the condition some of them are prescribed drugs, like Viagra, others are ‘natural’ over-the-counter (OTC) remedies. When choosing a natural remedy for ED, be careful as these products are not required to undergo the rigorous testing of prescription medications. This lack of proper testing makes it difficult to tell which natural cures are safe or effective. To achieve and maintain an erection Viagra and other prescribed drugs focus on increasing penile blood flow. Some ‘natural’ (OTC) pills do this too but none of them do this specifically as a result they act more general actions on the body. This effect may cause a dangerous lowering of blood pressure particularly in men who are taking heart medications. Some natural remedies may be worthwhile options for easing erectile dysfunction. Examples of herbal remedies used 34

for sexual problems include ginseng, ginkgo, L-arginine and yohimbe. However, there’s still limited evidence on how well they work — and some have known dangers. For example, yohimbe can interact with prescription medications and increase heart rate and blood pressure. If you have ED, see your doctor to make sure it isn’t caused by an underlying health problem or isn’t a side effect of medication. Your safest bet in treating ED is to rely on your doctor’s recommendations. Before using any herbal remedy or supplement, check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you.


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Of course, you know he’s gay… By Brian Baxter

Actually I didn’t. Know, I mean. Know that he is, was, could be gay. Nor, I suspect, do Johnny, Ben, Tobey, Matt, Taylor, George or any of the other gorgeous guys who get so liberally co-opted to our already swollen ranks. Not even their wives, girl friends, or kids know, so how could we? It’s a little difficult to understand the need to ‘borrow’, when there are already scores of gay actors who long ago passed the audition. Not to mention those who help out when the others are busy. Not least the legendary James Dean, who brought such a gleam to little Sal Mineo’s eye all those years ago. Film history is full also of so-called affairs, Cary Grant and Randolph Scott most famously, and Larry Olivier and Danny Kaye. But gay? Not really. All of which is by way of an introduction to a new series for Out in Thailand. No fantasies or speculation here, nor perhaps any revelations. We’ll be leaving out some of the current crop who have not yet outed themselves. All in good time, when they realise that in any civilised society gayness is no longer a 36

crime nor is it a hindrance to a serious career. After all no one ever said you need be straight to play Richard 111, go on amazing missions, get to act with the lamented River Phoenix…..or even drive a bus. The series - Straight Acting - will hark back as far as Ramon Novarro and that outrageous doyen of the profession, Ernest Thesiger; on to the cutest, Tab Hunter; the most famous Rock Hudson; the great Shakespearian knights Ian McKellan and John Gielgud; the most mixed up, Anthony Perkins, Montgomery Clift and Charles Laughton; the most closeted, Dirk Bogarde and Eric Portman; the least likely, Raymond Burr; the blackest, Paul Winfield; the most handsome, Farley Granger and a handful of others. Many, you will have noted, are no longer with us – although Rupert Everett emphatically is along with Simon Callow and countless thesps on television. Others, who have already departed, including Van Johnson, George Nader, Roddy McDowell and Sal Mineo, are also in our sights.


Those behind the cameras will have to be left out – even the notable directors such as George Cukor and James Whale, let alone the countless writers, technicians, editors, cameramen and designers – let alone the wardrobe, makeup and hair specialists. They all left their mark, not just on the movie business, because of their refusal to hide the simple fact that they were gay and by their fame and eminence somehow made it easier for others to join them and for a bigoted society to accept that fact. It’s more comforting to hear someone say – with a note of re-assurance in their voice - “I didn’t know he was gay’ than to hear the words which title this article. After all, we might argue, if Mozart (Tom Hulce), Ironside (Burr), Mc Millan (Hudson) and that nice doctor you could trust, Kildare (Richard Chamberlain) were all gay then why not me. Why not indeed? 37


Ask Darika

Auntie Darika answers your questions about love and life. Please contact her at: darika@out-in-thailand.com. You can also find more helpful advice on her website: www.askdarika.com

Dear Darika, My boyfriend and I are close friends with another Thai/farang couple. We have many similar interests. The other farang is a foodie, and so am I, so we have a great time exploring restaurants together. My problem is that the other farang’s table manners are shocking. He is a welleducated, well-traveled professional with classy friends. However, he chews with his mouth open and decorates the front of his shirt with his dinner. My dog eats more quietly than he does. This has become so unnerving, that I can barely stand dine with him. 38

Precious Reader, Obviously, you and your partner have chosen this couple as close friends for many reasons. You do not sound like an anal retentive bitch to me so either you are blowing your friend’s table manners out of proportion or something else is bothering you that you can’t admit to yourself. Psychiatry might help. Or hypnosis. You could wear a bib and goggles to your next dinner. Or you could figure out that we are all a package deal, and that we all have to put up with a potpourri of things we adore and things we despise in each other in order to have friends. Maybe your protruding nose hair or the queeny way you hold your fork makes him so uncomfortable a table, that he inhales his food. Who knows? In any event, blame his mother and not him. He is too old to change. And darling, you and I will never have lunch together.


Dear Darika, I have been living with my boy friend for seven years. He and his family are not on speaking terms, and I have never met them. But, his mother has taken to sending me presents once or twice a year for no reason. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like her taste and want to throw away everything that she gives me, on top of that I hate having to write thank you notes for things that simply clutter my house. My boy friend suspects that she does it out of spite to upset him. How can I stop her sending me presents? Dear Cluttered, Since people do not often send Darika anything except their miserable problems I have to admit that I am a bit jealous that you get regular gifts from a stranger.

What motivates your friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother is a mystery. Although nobody is on speaking terms she will always be his mother and her gifts may be her way of rewarding you for taking care of her boy. Or she could just be a miserable manipulative bitch who has embarked on a life-long mission to clutter your life with her dreadful junk. You are only encouraging her by sending thank-you notes. I suggest you find something truly hideous to send her like fake vomit, or an autographed photo of Darika. Or you could just get rid of the boyfriend. That would do the trick. If you have been with him for seven years itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably time for a change anyway. Let me know where to send the photo.

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OUT in Bangkok If you like buzzing big cities, Bangkok is for you! Public transport, taxis, tuk-tuks, buses and motorcycle taxis are plentiful. There are many markets, glitzy malls, beautiful temples and museums, as well as the bars and shows for which the city is famous. The Sathorn/Silom area forms the core of Bangkokâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s central business district and is home to a number of embassies. Silom Road offers shopping opportunities, including the Patpong Night Market. Silom is most popular with English speaking visitors and has the most popular venues catering to gay tourists.

Bangkok is the gay capital of Asia. Most visitors go to Suriwongse, Silom and Sathorn Road. Sanctuary Spa by A feature among many massage spas. Balcony Pub is a popular watering hole and if meaty muscle guys get you hot, head for The Tawan Bar. Up2 Salon and Cutey & Beauty will make you beautiful! Bangkok Babylon is a popular landmark and night owls party at DJ Station. The Malaysia Hotel is also a favourite. 42

College-aged Thai men and business professionals go to Ramkhamhaeng (Lamsalee) and Kamphaeng Pet Road. These popular gay Thai areas are mainly Thai-for-Thai culture with different rules to those in Silom. They are not money boys nor looking for foreigners to date. It is worth a trip here if you just like to watch or have a date already. Soi 89/2 draws thousands of university students, working professionals, and those that just like a good time. The most popular places are Club 9 CafĂŠ, ICK Pub, See Men,


Crazy Dance Club, and Lamsalee Dance Pub. Although it is probably 98% Thai, the foreigners are welcome as long as they remain polite. It is an insult to proposition a patron with money! Visit The Podology Centre for a full range of medical foot care. Koh Samed is an ideal paradise island break. Ferries, private hire and speed boat taxis from Ban Phe will take you direct to Ao Phai Beach- very popular with the Bangkok gay crowd at weekends and stay at Silver Sand Resort. For all the venues, check out our maps and listings and www.out-in-thailand.com

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OUT in Koh Samui J

Jungle covered craggy hills, roads weaving through lush coconut plantations, huge trees, orchids, butterflies, quiet beaches, fresh local fruits. Koh Samui is the perfect tropical island get away for gay boys, especially couples who kick back, recharge in spas or health resorts, lounge around their villa pool, take long beach walks, sip a cocktail or three in a rustic beach bar and sparkle on the balmy evening party circuit with the local guys.

Gay life on Samui is smaller, less exuberant than most other Thai destinations, still there is plenty happening with gay bars, disco, cabaret, island tours and as the regional spa capital, massage and body treatments. The center of gay day/nightlife is along Chaweng Beach Road. At the north end opposite Nora Beach Resort is the Emerald Green Mens Club a well-established gay only spa for a range of quality massage techniques and treatments. Mekkala Men Spa promise to rejuvenate you and Rainbow Scuba & Tour for a paradise island adventure. Tropical Garden Lounge Resort and Fishermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Village are favourites. In south Chaweng, Tropical Fah Samui for massage and wellness treatments and opposite the Centara Resort is Boy Zone a smart gay bar with a nightly dance show at 11.30 pm and 52

take away staff. Further out of Chaweng in Cheong Mon, close to Sala Samui is Saiwon Mens Spa men only massage and body treatments. From midnight to 2 pm Thai and Farang gays head to Green Mango and Sweet Soul disco/ bars in central Chaweng for a diet of loud music and mixed crowds. On Lamai Beach, close to Grandfather and Grandmother Rock, is The Dinky Rock hotel, bar and massage. The Five Islands Restaurant is a favourite. For an accurate gay Samui map and venue listings pick up a copy of OUT in Thailand magazine at gay venues or ask your hotel for a copy. Websites for gay venues in this article @ www.gaykohsamui.net , www.gay-samui.com & www.out-in-thailand.com


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OUT in Chiang Mai Try the superb La Fourchette and Chez Marco (both French) and Prego (Italian & Thai) restaurants inside the moated, old city walls and the inviting Yokka Dok bar/restaurant/. Mandalay Disco is a favourite with night owls. The two main gay centres are outside the moat. The Chang Pueak area, north of the moat is where you will find Adam’s Apple Club- sensational show and a collection of beautiful guys. Across the road is Lotus Hotel & Garden Bar, the first gay hotel in the city and an established Chiang Mai institution. On the Changpueak Road, The Circle Pub has hunky guys on stage and The Playhouse Theatre is Chiang Mai’s gem with famous pieces from international musicals, performing art, and dance shows. Gemini Massage and Marn Mai Chai Kha Massage have regular promotions and are recommended. Ram Coffee & Bar is set on the river, close to the Nawarat Bridge. Nimmanhaeminda and Santitham have some of the most expensive real estate outside of Bangkok and a hip and happening scene of bars. Check out Sangdee Gallery & Cafe and on Huay Kaew Road, you will find the excellent Soho Bar and Guesthouse who serve incomparable New Orleans food. For a work out or chill out, go to The House of Male, from midday to midnight with pool, steam room, gym, private rooms, bar and food. Tuesday and Thursday are ‘Buddy Nights’- very popular with students from the local university. Nearby is the

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Chiang Mai is known as ‘The Rose of The North.’ Steeped in history, this ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom is renowned as the cultural capital of Thailand, nestles in bucolic beauty and is blessed with a milder climate than most Thai holiday destinations.

long established PJ’s Place guesthouse, renowned for sweet and personal service. Club M Karaoke is a favourite. Santitham is not far away, with many new eateries, guesthouses, bars and coffee shops. ZII Condom is the place to go for condoms, lube and more. On the east side of the city, on the bank of the River Ping, Club One Seven has superb accommodation, bar, sauna, pool and gym in a complex comprising two traditional Thai teak houses. For a great massage and more, The Blues Club, Mystic Orient, My Artist Spa, Sanctuary Spa and River House Massage are all worthy of a visit or three! XS & JK Solutions is your one stop solution for all national and local real estate and legal issues. Independent Travel provides a trusted, price-integrated service. In San Sai you will find The Podology Centre, specialists in medical foot care. For all the venues, check out our maps and listings, www.radchada.com and www.out-in-thailand.com 57


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Enjoy a large selection of wine, cocktails and whisky in this cozy and classic spot.

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Marn-Mai Massage Service for men by men

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Open Daily: 10.00 AM - 11.00 PM Chang Phuak Soi 2. Chang Phuak Rd. Chiang Mai Tel: 053-230623, 089-7788385

Changlor Rd. (before you reach Suanprung Hospital) Tel 089 701 1841 053 279 373 Fax 053 201 091 Open daily

For taxi: ม่านไม้ ชายคา ถ.ช้างเผือก ซอย 2 ข้างโรงเรียน โกวิทย์ธำารงค์ ด้านขวามือ 300 เมตร

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1/21-22 Soi Wiang Bua Chotana Road Chiang Mai, Thailand Open 8:30pm ‘til Late | Phone 053-220-380 www.adamsappleclub.com

Mystic Orient Massage Massage for men by men

Beautiful Spa in the centre of Chiang Mai Expert and handsome masseurs All massage rooms are private Thai Massage Body Scrub Oil & Cream Massage 24 hour Outcall service

59/1 Chang Moi Kao Road A. Muang, Chiang Mai Tel : 053 874 334 089 0919 659 For Taxi: ซอยข้างโรงแรมกรีนทิพย์ 200 เมตร www.mysticorientmassage.com


OUT in Phuket P

Phuket is one of the world’s most exciting gay playgrounds with a fabulous variety of things to do. Phuket has many beaches- some hidden away and is a popular international tourist destination and we recommend you to use a gay (friendly) tour company and our guide to find your accommodation.

The epicentre of gay life on Phuket is Patong Beach, largely concentrated in the aptly named Paradise Complex. The main gay venues are on the exit road out of Paradise Complex. Sundowners Lounge Bar & Guesthouse with Le Bistro has a 10% discount for ‘frequent fliers’. Fongkaew Mansion & Baan Nang Fa Guesthouse is ideally located, near to all the fun, along with Aquarius Guesthouse & Sauna and Adonis Guesthouse. The Backstage now has two venues; this one serves good Thai fast food and coffee and has a good cabaret show. Jochen’s Residence has beautiful budget friendly rooms. Thai’s Best Boys and the disco at Boat Bar are favourites. Outside Paradise Complex, there are

some gay and gay friendly venues worth the visit. Among them, Phuket Travel Company, Loveli Boutique Guesthouse and Siam Hotel are just 75 metres from Jungceylon Mall. The recently refurbished Club One Seven guesthouse with their friendly helpful staff and restaurant, excellent coffee corner and bar is a Phuket icon. The Backstage has retained their old location for private parties and k araoke nights, reservation only. Aspara Residence has modern Thai style rooms. The Minotel is just 3 minutes walk from Patong Beach. CC Bloom’s Hotel and Centara Grand Beach Resort are close to Kata & Karon Beaches and Phuket Fantasea is a major attraction. For all the venues, check out our maps and listings and www.out-in-thailand.com 67


Phuket Accommodation

Go-Go Clubs & Host Bars

076.345.800 31 Chic www.apsararesidence.com 18 Heaven Bar 27 Aquarius Guesthouse 076.341.668 43 James Dean 38 Baan Nang Fa Guesthouse 076.292.440 10 James Dean & Friends 22 Blue Dolphin 081.979.6220 21 Kai Bar 46 CC Bloom’s 076.333.222 36 Mama San 47 Centara Grand Beach Resort 021.011.234 ext 1 32 My Way 6 Passport 16 Club Love 083.173.0083 24 Sundowners J5 Club One Seven 076.366.360 30 Sundowners Lounge 19 Connect 076.294.195 3 Superboys 37 Fong Kaew Mansion 076.292.440 25 Tangmo 43 James Dean www.jamesdeanbar.com 28 Time 33 Jochens Residence 085.781.3814 12 Yes 44 Loveli Boutique Guesthouse 14 Adonis Guest House 41 Apsara Residence

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Welcome to the Sundowners Group All are Central and Convenient to the Phuket Paradise Complex Gay Scene

SUNDOWNERS BAR & GUESTHOUSE A hassle free place to meet and socialize Selection of cocktails, beer, wine and champagne Ground floor: Bar, Terrace Bar, Pool Table, Internet Second floor: Air con Sports Bar, covered Terrace Bar Telephone: +66 (0) 76 344 215 Fax: +66 (0) 76 293 241 Mobile: Aek +66 (0) 872773846 John +66 (0) 833014036 Email: info@sundownersinparadise.com www.sundownersinparadise.com Open from Noon to 2am

Become a Sundowners Frequent Flyer (600bt for Life Membership) and receive 10% discount on all your food and drinks at Sundowners Bar, Bistro Restaurant and Sundowners Lounge

SUNDOWNERS LOUNGE BAR & GUESTHOUSE

Thai John and staff invite you to the Sundowners Lounge Comfortable furniture with soft background music Selection of over 50 cocktails, fresh fruit shakes, beer, wines by the bottle or glass and champagne Full Bar, Terrace Bar and Guesthouse with Wi-Fi Open 5pm to 2am Mobile Thai John +66 (0) 878934741 John: +66 (0) 833014036 Telephone: +66 (0) 76 341555 Fax: : +66 (0) 76 293 241 info@orchidinparadise.com Website: www.orchidinparadise.com


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