Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Flying high with Ladyboys
Thailand is known for its tolerance for transvestites and transsexuals, known locally as "katoeys" or "ladyboys." An annual transsexual beauty pageant is broadcast nationally, and Thai doctors’ well-honed skills at the surgeries needed to switch genders -- not to mention bargain prices -- have made Bangkok a sex-change capital.
But while katoeys are prominent in entertainment, frequently appearing on television series and in cabaret shows, other job opportunities are limited.