Thailand’s Health Ministry put a moratorium on castration’s today. Officials worry that procedures aren’t properly monitored and want some time to review, forcing penis-possessing trans folk to simply hang around.
“As of today, doctors can perform the surgery if there is a medical reason to do so â€” not for any other reason,” ministry spokesman Suphan Srithamma said.
The move came after a leading gay activist, Natee Teerarojjanapongs, called on the Medical Council to take action against clinics that perform castrations on underage boys.
Natee, head of the Gay Political Group of Thailand, said he received several complaints from parents of underage boys seeking castrations in part because of Internet advertisements that promise cheap operations resulting in feminine qualities such as softer skin.
Or you could buy a loofa.