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Thai Ladyboy Students Get Transvestite Bathroom

Thai Ladyboy Students Get Transvestite Bathroom

Thai Crossdressing Students Get ‘Transvestite Toilet’ at Thai School

In a move which clearly reflects Thailand’s growing transvestite population, a secondary school in the northeastern town of Kampang, has installed a unisex restroom to cater to the school’s 200+ transgender students.

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The school conducted the survey – which reveled that almost 10% of students considered themselves transgender – last term. The unisex bathrooms were built during school break and unveiled on the students return in May.

The transgender bathroom is represented by a symbol of a human figure split in two – one half is a man in blue, while the other half is women in red. Underneath the symbol are the words “Transvestite Toilet.”

Several transgender students praised the opening of the unisex bathroom, Vichai Sangsakul – a teenager with a pixie hairdo pulled back with a pink barrette – said,

“I’m so happy about this….It looks bad going to female restrooms. What would other people think?”

Most rural Thais are conservative in many ways however, country’s visible transgender community and the opening of the new transgender bathroom in the Kampang school, shows that homosexuality is largely tolerated.

The ‘transgender community’ is a term which refers to a wide range of identities including cross-dressers, transvestites, transsexuals and those born with the physical characteristics of both sexes.

Transvestites have become a part of everyday Thai life. They can regularly be seen competing in beauty pageants, working on TV soap operas, in movies, at restaurants, in the red-light districts and at various entertainment venues throughout the country.

School director Sitisak Sumontha said the concept of unisex bathrooms reflected a growing need at Thai schools and universities.

“These students want to be able to go to the restroom in peace without fear of being watched, laughed at or groped,”

Kampang is not the only school to have setup unisex bathrooms. In 2003, a technical college with 1,500 attending students located in the northern province of Chiang Mai, set up a “Pink Lotus Bathroom” for its 15 transvestite students.

Deputy Education Minister Boonlue Prasertsopar recently said that the Ministry was not promoting transgender interests, “but if there are a lot of them in a university and it’s a problem, we may have to consider building toilets and dormitories for them.”

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