Thailand

Behind the Scenes of 'Drag Race Thailand'

We found out last year that Thailand’s Kantana Group Public Co. Ltd purchased the rights to produce its own version of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The third country to ‘start its engines’ after U.K. and Germany, we’ve been waiting to hear more about how Thailand would bring it to runway.

Piyarat Kaljareuk, Vice President of Kantana Group has just shared some behind-the-scenes photos and videos of what looks like a familiar set where some queens will inevitably be some lip-syncing for their lives.

And with POV shots like this—is it possible that there will be an Untucked version as well?

Kantana Group is one of the largest production companies in Thailand, producing many of the country’s most popular shows. Thailand’s version of Drag Race Thailand will be shown on LineTV and will elevate Thailand’s drag community. Now don’t f*ck it up!

Will RuPaul or Michelle Visage be invited to be guest judges?

Hospital Reports A Growing Trend of Men Whitening Their Privates

Did you know that penis whitening is a thing in Asia?

Specifically, the country of Thailand is finding an increase in the trend.

Lelux Hospital in Bangkok is saying that men are constantly coming in to get a laser whitening procedure done to their private area.

Of course, this is a trend that’s mostly popular with gay men, but the ages of men seeking treatment range between 22 and 55-year-olds.

Bunthita Wattanasiri, the manager of the Skin and Laser Department at the hospital, told AFP:

“These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day.”

The procedure is that not that expensive with it costing about 20922.20 Thai Baht ($650) for five total sessions.

That said, the procedure has a lot of risks that come with it as the country’s public health ministry has warned.

They say that there are multiple health risks such as pain, inflammation, and scars. Even worse, this could affect the eventual sex lives and reproduction systems of the patients.

Unfortunately, Thailand is no different than the rest of the world in its obsession with lighter skin, which could be the cause for this trend. But will having a lighter skinned penis really be worth the potential health risks?

This Commercial For Lip Balm Included A Gay Romance Twist

A Thai lip balm commercial is making the waves for showcasing a BL/gay storyline.

It seems the lip balm company KA Lip Care from Thailand (which ships internationally) knows its target demographic well as the company decided to make it latest commercial into a high school drama with a gay twist.

The advertisement starts with a high school teen confronting another after the boy broke his little sister’s heart.

But soon the boy finds out there’s more going on with the story and the commercial suddenly takes a gay twist.

Some feel this commercial is a surprise and triumph for television in Thailand, but it isn’t quite that.

First off, Thailand is actually a very LGBTQ friendly place. Despite Taiwan being the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage, many think of Thailand when they think of gay Asian getaways.

On top of that, Thailand has an ever increasing interest in BL television.

BL, or Boys’ Love, is the genre of comics, web series/tv shows, and movies that focus on gay romance. But keep in mind, these BL stories are often created with a female audience in mind (This follows along the similar idea of straight men loving lesbian porn).

Thailand constantly has new BL shows releasing with campy and cheesy flairs like Make It Right the Series or Two Moons the Series. And, lately the genre is growing to include more mature/realistic series like Gay Ok Bangkok, Together With You, and Part Time the Series.

All that said, while this commercial certainly isn’t new for Thailand and is still female audience focused, it’s also noted representation for gay romance and people in Asia. And that’s pretty cool.

Thailand Bought The Rights To Produce Its Own RuPaul's Drag Race

Thailand is going to produce its own version of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Piyarat Kaljareuk, the Vice President of Katana Group Public Co.Ltd which is one of the biggest and oldest production companies in Thailand, announced on Instagram that the country will get its own version of the famous reality/competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

In the Instagram post, Piyarat Kaljareuk said roughly that “There are 2 stories to tell your daughters to prepare for.” (The first story was an earlier post about a new music group).

Details are still scarce as the announcement was only made 2 days ago, but fans of the show in Thailand are already expressing excitement at this development.

This will make Thailand the third country outside of the U.S. to have its own iteration of the classic show (after the U.K. and Germany) where drag queens come together to strut, lip-sync, and slay.

And we already know Thailand has some drag queens waiting for this kind of spotlight.