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Transpeople (<i>Khon kham-phet</i>) in Thailand

Sam Winter

in Queer Bangkok

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083046
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083046.003.0014
Transpeople (Khon kham-phet) in Thailand

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In their struggle for rights, Thai transpeople face the challenge of constructing an affirming vocabulary of gender-identity variance that recognizes the identities of all transpeople (both transmen and transwomen), yet also distinguishes transpeople from other queer groups in Thailand. A promising candidate is the neologism khon kham-phet, translated either as “person who crosses sex/gender,” or as a “person who goes beyond gender.” This chapter argues that some of the most fundamental rights of Thailand's khon kham-phet are denied on a daily basis. The most commonly and comprehensively violated may be the following: the right to work, the right to marry and to find a family, and the right to privacy.

Keywords: transpeople; transmen; transwomen; khon kham-pet; rights

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Subjects: Society and Culture

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