In what would be a breakthrough for gender equality in Thailand, a proposal is being considered by Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly that will allow ladyboys to officially change their titles to “Mrs” or “Miss” or “Ms” (whatever the heck “Ms” actually means).
The bill would allow ladyboys to change their titles on their ID cards, which is hoped will help ease certain lifestyle issues that ladyboys in Thailand face. It’s not the changing of the titles itself that will make the difference, but it’s the fact that in places like universities, ladyboys will now be allowed to stay in the girls’ dorms and use the girls’ toilets, instead of having to face problems in the men’s facilities.
The bill will tackle gender discrimination because anybody who denies a ladyboy the right to be and do as a woman would be breaking the law.
This will mean that ladyboys won’t have to serve out compulsory service in the army, but I was thinking that an army full of ladyboys could be advantageous in certain situations of warfare, such as if Thailand were invaded and foreign soldiers were traipsing through the country. A team of katoey on ground-level could be enough to the distract the soldiers long enough for some sort of sneak attack to be performed.
None of the news reports I read stated that ladyboys would be able to change their gender status in their passports, so the bill won’t address any of the problems travelling ladyboys come across.
AP and DPA