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Thai Army Stops Calling Trans People "Insane"

Thai Army Stops Calling Trans People "Insane"

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As all Thais born biologically male are forced into a military conscription lottery, those who identified as women were until recently marked "permanently insane" by the military -- a description that haunted these transgender women as they sought jobs and homes.

After five years of lobbying, the Thai army has dropped the "insane" description and will now refer to the transgender women as having "gender identity disorder." As the description of insanity went on the women's permanent record, potential employers would often turn these women away. The problem was widespread, as there is a large number of transgender women in Thailand, known as katoeys.

The problem of transgender women getting groped during military exams is one that still needs addressing, according to reports. Read more here.

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Thai Army Stops Calling Trans People "Insane"

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.