“Transvestite Toilets” Hit Thailand

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…

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  • Alex

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

  • 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.

  • Ash


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


  • Mike

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

  • 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?

  • James

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

  • 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.

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