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ต่อไปนายกเทศมนตรีกรุงเทพมหานคร A เพื่อนคน Transgender | Leading Candidate Courts Thai Trans Votes

บางที หรือบางทีไม่ Maybe, but then maybe not.

Pongsapat Pongcharoen the leading candidate in the race to become the next mayor of Bangkok has released a campaign video with many transgender faces, but no policies.

Source: Global Post His ad also runs through a list of Thai-language sexual identities that will prove dizzying to the uninitiated. In addition to “kathoeys,” he’s embracing mainstream gay identities in Thailand such as “toms” (butch lesbians) and “dees” (lipstick lesbians). And he’s also thrown in few highly obscure identifications that drove me to the wilderness of Thai message boards. (A “cherry,” I’ve just learned, is a non-transgendered woman seeking a kathoey.)

What’s the takeaway here?

Perhaps it’s that, in the 21st century, we can finally envision a society in which politicians eager for power practice equal opportunity pandering.

Perhaps or maybe Pongsapat Pongcharoen was so impressed with the global transgender community which stood with the Thai trans community compelling IKEA to apologize for their problematic transgender ad he decided to court us politically.

It is our T.E.R.N. Transgender Equality Right Now. Not just in one country. We are worldwide.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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