Pattaya Daily News

26 May 2007 :: 14:05:07 pm 25630

Many Thai kratoeys in Pattaya hope for legal recognition

Visitors to Thailand may soon be asked to fill out immigration forms asking them to which of three genders they belong: male, female or other.
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Visitors to Thailand may soon be asked to fill out immigration forms asking them to which of three genders they belong: male, female or other. 

The third category is designed to embrace transsexuals, Thailand’s high-profile community of mostly androgynous citizens called, in Thai, Katoeys.

Katoeys are a very visible section of Thai society, not only on the streets and in the hostess bars of Bangkok and other cities, but on the entertainment scene.

No Thai television comedy show or soap opera is complete without a katoey or two, turning in camp performances

Earlier this month, a 21-year-old student, who says her aim is to work for transsexual rights, won a Pattaya pageant to find the country’s most beautiful katoey.

Thanyarasmi Siraphatphakorn was crowned Miss Tiffany 2007 at an event watched by millions of Thais on national television. She won a new Mercedes Benz, a gem-studded tiara and the equivalent of £1,500 in cash – just about the same amount of money she probably spent on sex-change operations.

 

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Tourism News

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