Tolerance in Thailand Confronting Reality in a Transgender Paradise

Thailand is widely considered a paradise of transgender acceptance. But the realities of life as a so-called "ladyboy" don't always reflect that reputation. We spoke with three members of the transgender community there to get a clearer picture.
Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, Padthai Pattaya and Worawalun Taweekarn

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, Padthai Pattaya and Worawalun Taweekarn

Foto: Watsamon Tri-yasakda (June)/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Padthai Pattaya (Kathoey) in Thailand.

Padthai Pattaya (Kathoey) in Thailand.

Foto: Watsamon Tri-yasakda (June)/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Walking Street in Pattaya

Walking Street in Pattaya

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Foto: Watsamon Tri-yasakda (June)/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Foto: Watsamon Tri-yasakda (June)/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Worawalun during her teaching internship

Worawalun during her teaching internship

Foto: Worawalun MissTiffany
Foto: Watsamon Tri-yasakda (June)/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
Photo Gallery: Tanwarin's Life
Foto: Watsamon Tri-yasakda (June)/ SPIEGEL ONLINE
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Photo Gallery: Tanwarin's Life

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit

Foto: Stefan Schultz/ SPIEGEL ONLINE

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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