Pattaya Pride raises 216,000 baht for AIDS charity

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More than 200,000 baht was raised for HIV/AIDS charities at the annual Pattaya Pride gay festival on Pratamnak Hill.

Emceed by organizer Jim Lumsden, the Dec. 1 event at his Baan Souy Resort coincided with Pattaya’s World AIDS Day celebration, raising 216,000 baht for the Heart2000 foundation headed by local AIDS doctor Philippe Seur.

The party featured entertainment by transvestite dancers from the Mimosa and Tiffany’s cabarets, British drag queens, young exotic dancers from the Boyz Boyz Boyz go-go bar, and the Pattaya Players, who sang Christmas carols.

Lumsden said that Pattaya Pride, which also attracts a sizeable group of straight guests, has raised more than 40 million baht in its 14 years.

Much of the money was raised through the prize raffle, whose grand prize motorcycle was donated by Niall O’Brien, owner of the Sapphire Club. He also handed over a donation of 60,000 baht to held HIV/AIDS patients in Pattaya.

More than 200,000 baht was raised for HIV/AIDS charities at the annual Pattaya Pride gay festival at Baan Souy Resort on Pratamnak Hill.