In Bangkok's lively Silom district, customers pile into a small, noisy gay bar on a busy Saturday night. Chakgai Jermkwan and his partner Sean L'Estrange co-own the popular venue, which is located on a narrow soi lined with gay bars.
The couple have been together for eight years and were legally married three years ago in Boston, Massachusetts.
"We are a married couple in the U.S. but here in Thailand, we are just two friends in the eye of the law," Chakgai says. "If something bad happened to him tomorrow, I wouldn't have a say in anything," Sean adds. "I would be nothing."