Anjaree Group was formed originally in 1986 by a small group of lesbian feminist activists in order to articulate lesbian issues in the women’s movement and the society at large. Anjaree Group has been through various states of ups and downs. It is the first organization to start campaigning for the Human Rights of LGBTI (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders and Intersex people) and has achieved several successes on stopping discriminatory policy and practices including the Rajabhat Institute’s discriminatory rules on banning transgender people from enrollment at its institute during 1996.
Anjaree Group has been dormant for many years and has become active again from the later part of 2011. Three former members of Anjaree have decided to revive the group and started mobilize others to join their effort. The first meeting to formulate common objectives and strategies took place in February 2012. Anjaree outreached potential activists through friends of activists as well as through www.facebook.com/anjaree. The LGBTI community showed its interest to be part of an activist group and the core group grew quickly.
In June 2012, Anjaree organized a one-day workshop on partnership and marriage rights for LGBTI individuals and encouraged them to become volunteers of Anjaree Group. Un until the end of 2012, all work has been done on the voluntary basis. Up to this day, much work is still carried out through Anjaree’s group of core volunteers.
Anjaree is going through the process of registration as a non-profit foundation in the year 2013.
The mission of Anjaree is to promote justice and equality in Thai society concerning genders and sexualities issues.
1. To support individuals to be aware of their rights in relations to their gender identities, their sex and their sexual orientations and their sexualities, and to be able to accesss mechanisms that protect their himan rights.
2. To challenge prejudice and misunderstanding concerning gender identities and sexualitites, and to promote the principles of human rights and justice of these issues.
3. To advocate against discriminatory practices, policies and laws and to end violence that affect people of all sexualities, sexes and genders.
4. To collaborate with civil society in all issues that lead to a just and peaceful society.