OK, Transgender brothers and sisters. Take off the rose colored glasses about Thailand being so accepting of Trans folks. The Thai government tolerates Transgender people only because of the revenue brought into the country by Trans folks seeking Gender Reassignment Surgery - GRS and by tourists investing in the lucrative Thai sex industry.
Thailand's Transgender folks are objectified and marginalized for the sordid enjoyment of mainly Western Europeans and Americans. The Thai government turns the other way as long as the money keeps rolling into the country.
Who is to blame? As in the rest of the world, cisgender, transphobic, religious extremists and cowardly, self-serving politicians are the culprits. The conservative cults of Buddhism take a very myopic view of the world. Trans kids are forced from their homes and villages to the cities where they do whatever they have to do to survive and the Thai politicians could care less.
So if you are Trans and happen to be visiting Thailand anytime soon, please be careful. Thailand is not as kind and inclusive as you might think.
Thailand bans serious movie by transgender director as immoralOriginal article
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 12/26/2010 12:23:00 PM