Toms, dees, and ying rak ying: Challenging Thai gender norms.
A documentary film and panel discussion.

7pm, Wednesday October 14, 2015
Members/Free - Non/Members 350 THB A la carte menu
The documentary film Visible Silence is a rare glimpse into the unspoken lives of Thai toms, dees, and lesbians striving for recognition, authenticity, and acceptance in a
traditional Buddhist society. It is an intimate story of self and family, love and
sexuality, and self-determination where conformity is prized. The film highlights
the experience of masculine women (toms) who visibly transgress gender norms,
yet are bound to remain silent about who they really are. Visible Silence gives
voice to their unspoken truths.

Visible Silence is a bi-national documentary produced by a Thai-U.S. team. It
was conceived by two female couples, one from Thailand and one from the
United States. Their alliance was forged more than fifteen years ago when one of
the Thai women was a doctoral candidate at the University of San Francisco. Her
dissertation addressed lesbian issues in Thailand. Both members of the Thai
couple have chosen to remain anonymous in Thailand due to fear of

Visible Silence had its world premiere at the Krakow Film Festival and North
American Premiere at Frameline San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival in June,

A panel discussion will follow the film. Speakers include:

Marguerite Salmon, producer and co-writer, a documentary producer and
writer with more than 25 years' experience as a social activist and
psychotherapist working in the HIV-affected and LGBTQ communities.

Anjana Suvarnananda, film participant and consultant, is a pioneer in the LGBTI
movement. In 1987, Suvarnanada co-founded Anjaree Group, the first
organization in Thailand to raise the issues of lesbian and gay rights.

Supecha Baotip and Amporn Boontan, film participants, are both long-time
Thai LGBTI rights activists.

Ruth Gumnit, director/producer/cinematographer, an award-winning
filmmaker whose films have screened internationally. Her film Don't Fence Me In:
Major Mary and the Karen Refugees from Burma
screened at the Foreign
Correspondents Club of Thailand in 2005 and has been used worldwide as a
resource to build community, shape public policy, and advocate for refugee

Possible attendee: "Ben Her" (pseudonym), producer and film participant.


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