Thailand’s Kathoey

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The TransAlly Blog

kathoey1In a previous blog post, I discussed some of the history of LGBTQ people in the Native American culture – but this is far from the only culture to have historically had a place for transgender people. In Thailand, transgender women (as well as feminine gay men) are referred to as kathoey. Rather than being seen as a subset of a gender binary, the kathoey are often perceived as belonging to a third gender. Others, however, simply view transgender women and females. Gender in Thai culture is far less concrete and, in many ways, more self-defining – instead of being based solely on physical characteristics as it is in many Western countries.

It is guessed that Thailand likely has one of the largest transgender populations in the world. The combination of acceptance, and a more fluid view of gender identity, had made it an appealing option for those looking to…

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