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Lesbian clubs and bars: the author mixes up Bangkok's queer scene

2020-01-21T03:13:07.148Z

ZEIT ONLINE | News, backgrounds and debates



Bangkok (dpa) - Lesbian clubs and bars are rather rare in the big cities of the world - and far from being as common as the gatherings of the gay scene. The Thai writer Kilin (35) also had this experience.

When she googled a bar for lesbians in Bangkok, she found only one address for guy women, called "butches" in the scene. Today, together with a team, she runs “The Kloset”, a café for lesbians and especially for fans of a suitable Japanese literature form. "We think this place is a nest," says Kilin.

The name comes from the English phrase for coming out ("to come out of the closet"; in German: come out of the closet). The café with wooden counter and large cappuccino machine could also be in Berlin or London. A large picture of Cate Blanchett, who plays the main role in the film “Carol”, Patricia Highsmith's lesbian love story, hangs on a wall.

The books Kilin writes are about love between girls. Since she gave up her office job a few years ago, she has written 18 books - "Yuri" is the name of the form. The café with lots of books and games started as a meeting place for fans of the genre. Side effect: "A few" visitors have already found a girlfriend there, says Kilin.

Kilin is her name as a writer. Her real name is Aimanan Anantalabhochai. She summarizes how life as a lesbian in Thailand is: «fun, happiness and a bit of drama». It is easier for the younger ones to come out than for the older ones. Showing yourself hand in hand with your girlfriend is not a problem if you are not in a village where people still believe in ghosts.

The café is hidden in an alley. New spaces are currently being searched for - where there is parking space and Kilin can rest in writing. It would be a nice future plan for them to create a place where lesbians can grow old together.

Source: zeit

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