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“Transvestite Toilets” Hit Thailand

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Here’s an intriguing way to accommodate cross-dressing students:

A secondary school in rural Thailand has designed a new bathroom that it calls a “transvestite toilet” for its growing community of cross-dressers.

The Kampang School in northeastern Thailand conducted a survey last term that showed more than 200 of the school’s 2,600 students considered themselves transvestites, said school director Sitisak Sumontha.

So, when classes resumed in May, the school unveiled a unisex restroom designated by a human figure split into two, half man in blue, and half female in red. Below the figure, it says, “Transvestite Toilet.”

Surely it’s great that schools aren’t alienating the students, but wouldn’t a simple “unisex” toilet have been sufficient? Though progressive, this method does ultimately marginalize…

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jun 18, 2008
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  • 7 Comments
    • Alex
      Alex

      It’s bloody rural Thailand, what do you expect?

      Jun 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • logan767
      logan767

      apparently “transvestites” aren’t that marginalized if there are 200 of them at the school! i dont care what you call the toilet – there’s definitely more happening there than there is at any US school.

      Jun 18, 2008 at 6:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ash
      Ash

      200!

      Class of 26 students, 2 trans;
      Class of 39 students, 3 trans

      wow.

      Jun 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike
      Mike

      In Thailand children (mostly boys) often make the decision when they are as young as 9 whether to be a transvestite (crossgender)

      Jun 18, 2008 at 11:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charles J. Mueller
      Charles J. Mueller

      I do hope the trans toilets have er, ah..transoms.

      Just in case anyone decides to make a big stick about this, you know?

      Jun 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James
      James

      Wow I’m 14 and I want to go to that school as a crossdresser

      Mar 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Miss Understood
      Miss Understood

      “Transvestite” is a poor translation for the Thai term “Katoey”. Transsexual or transgender would be more accurate. Katoey live as women and most eventually medically transition.

      Mar 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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