Shame and blame and its influence on male gay (chaay rak chaay) quality of life in Bangkok Thailand: a health promotion community nursing perspective

Praditporn Pongtriang, Anthony Paul O’Brien, Jane Maguire

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore gay male informant experiences of discrimination and stigma in Bangkok from a health promotion community nursing perspective. Design/methodology/approach: Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 30 informants and included field work observations at eight entertainment venues. Data analysis utilised an inductive thematic approach. Findings: Key themes that emerged from the data were related to communication, particularly the use of smart phone applications; lack of privacy in health services; sexual exploitation by entertainment venues; and concerns about coming out safely to protect self-esteem and mental health. Originality/value: Development of key mental health promotion messages based on a greater understanding and knowledge of discrimination and stigma may help to reduce negative behaviour and stigmatisation towards Thai gay men in Bangkok.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-122
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Discrimination
  • Gay male
  • Health promotion
  • HIV
  • Mental health
  • Stigma

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