Whenever I tell strangers that I come from Thailand, more often than not the people whom I am talking with have a rather unusual interest in the Thai third gender; also known as Thai ladyboys or Katoey. Many times, I have had to answer the same old questions such as, “isn’t it true that a Thai ladyboy is better looking than a real woman?” or ” have these lady birds already lost their male genitals?” My common reply to the latter is that I have not got a clue whether or not these women have had their unwanted sexual organs reassigned since it is deemed inappropriate and insensitive to ask them such a question.
There are both pretty and ugly transsexuals in Thailand. Many work in the entertainment sector like clubs, bars or cabaret shows. Yet some of them are lucky enough to be in the limelight and have the opportunity to become famous celebrities, for instance, the first Thai ladyboy band, Venus Flytrap or Nong Poy, the winner of Miss international queen 2004.
It is completely ok to be who you are in the land of smiles, even a third gender, as long as you are happy with what you are.