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Thai University Introduces Mandatory Class on Transgender Issues

AS the academic school year gets into full swing in Thailand, Thammasat, one of the country’s most prestigious and progressive universities is making a Social Life Skills class mandatory for its incoming freshman. This new course aims to ensure students have the skills to lead a successful life and covers a wide range of subjects,…

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Trapped Beneath The Transgender Glass Ceiling

Shut out and harassed, young professionals who defy gender stereotypes are struggling to get ahead at work Fluent in both English and Russian, 30-year-old Kaona Saowakun is freelancing as a translator and interpreter to pay the bills. When he can, he puts aside some cash to save up for his dream of undergoing gender reassignment…

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El lado oscuro del oasis transexual de Asia

Tailandia es considerada la meca de la comunidad LGTBi y del turismo gay de la región, pero la discriminación persiste para sus habitantes Cuando Pet llegó a Bangkok nunca imaginó que perdería su trabajo debido a su identidad. “[En la escuela] me dijeron: Señorita Pet, lo sentimos mucho, no sabíamos que es transexual…”, recuerda visiblemente…

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Kaona Saowakun: Transgender Human Rights Defender From Thailand

Kaona Saowakun talks to ISHR about his work advocating for, and the challenges faced by, trans-gender people. Kaona is a human rights defender from Thailand working on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues. He started his work as a human rights defender in 2012 as a volunteer for Anjaree Foundation. In 2013, he became co-chair…

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