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Transsexuals may claim adopted gender
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15:44, August 14, 2007

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Thailand, one of the world's most tolerant countries toward transvestites and transsexuals, is considering a law to allow people who have had a sex change to officially change their title, reports said on Sunday.

The proposal which would allow transgender men or women to choose how they are addressed is being considered by the country's National Legislative Assembly to support an anti-discrimination provision in the draft constitution, Thai newspapers reported.

Wiroon Tangcharoen, an assembly member who is also rector of Srinakharinwirot University, said he supported the move, which would bring Thailand's laws in line with those of other countries, The Nation newspaper said.

Wiroon said he did not believe the law would cause any problems in university dormitories, where students are segregated by sex, the Nation reported.

Students wishing to stay with members of their adopted gender would have to produce medical certificates proving they had undergone sex-change operations, he said.

"The university has nothing against male transsexual students staying in female dormitories on the campus," he was quoted saying.

Even though Thailand is widely tolerant of homosexuals, transvestites and transsexuals who have regular presence on TV, in movies and the entertainment business, many must overcome family pressure, social prejudice and domestic violence.

The transvestites sometimes annoy female students when using the women's bathrooms, and may face harassment in the men's facilities.

Source: China Daily/agencies



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