Transsexual Thai Students Get Own Toilets

Up to 20% of rural high school's boys would rather be girls
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2008 4:59 AM CDT
A transvestite Thai kickboxer practices. Transgender males are generally accepted in Thailand, although some complain that their career options are often limited.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A high school in rural Thailand has given its many transgender students their own restroom, the BBC reports. Situated between the boys' and girls' rooms, the room has a half male/half female figure painted on the door. Inside, effeminate teenage boys preen. As many as  20% of the school's male students would rather be girls, the headmaster estimates.

The school official said he has known many such students over the years and they always remained the same into adulthood. "We're not boys, so we don't want to use the boys' toilet," said one student. "We want them to know we are transsexuals." Thailand is famously tolerant of transgender men, and the boys are treated normally by staff and other students alike.