German documentary explores transgender life in Thailand

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A German media company got an in-depth understanding of how transgender people live and are accepted in Thailand during the filming of a documentary at the Sisters Foundation in Pattaya.

Filmmakers, working on a project called “Transgender Recognition in Thailand”, interviewed Foundation Director Tithiyanat Nakpoh; Mimi Tao, a transgender model; Thongtha Janroenjai, a local transgender teacher; and many others.
Filmmakers, working on a project called “Transgender Recognition in Thailand”, interviewed Foundation Director Tithiyanat Nakpoh; Mimi Tao, a transgender model; Thongtha Janroenjai, a local transgender teacher; and many others.

The filmmakers, working on a project called “Transgender Recognition in Thailand”, interviewed Foundation Director Tithiyanat Nakpoh; Mimi Tao, a transgender model; Thongtha Janroenjai, a local transgender teacher; and many others Oct. 31.

The program aims to explain how transgenders are treated in Thailand and that it’s ok to be openly gay here.

The journalists cited the traveling “Ladyboys of Bangkok” cabaret show as an example of the pride some Thais show in their transgender status.

During filming, the transgender community shared its experiences of how they were brought up, what they do and how much they are accepted into the community.

The objective was to get a correct view of how far the society has come regarding transgender lifestyles and share it with the European viewing public.