Miss Healthy Queen crowned in Pattaya

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19 transgender women vied for the title of Miss Healthy Queen International, a Pattaya beauty pageant organized to promote safe sex and equality among the so-called “third sex.”

Organized by Sisters, a Pattaya transgender-advocacy group, the Sept. 5 pageant at Royal Garden Plaza was supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development and PSI Thailand.

Contestants in the Miss Healthy Queen International 2015 contest line up before the judging.

City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai and Sisters Director Tithinan Nakpoh opened the Sept. 5 pageant, the theme of which this year was “trans-creativity leadership”.

Held for the seventh time, the objective of the event was to show the potential and equality that transgender persons also have human rights just like men and women, and that they can have a beautiful personality.

Dancers from Mimosa Pattaya put on a halftime show.

Pornkanet Krasutmechote took first place, winning 10,000 baht cash, a 10,000-baht Mira Clinic voucher, two seats at the Colosseum cabaret, and a one-year membership at the Mimosa cabaret.

Alisa Suawuey took second, netting her 12,000 baht in prizes, plus seats and membership; and Supasini Paromli took third with a 10,000-baht prize package.

Pornkanet Krasutmechote (seated center), shown here with runners-up and other contest category winners, was crowned Miss Healthy Queen International 2015.

The Miss Trans Leadership prize went to Chanapa Changchomkaew, who won 5,500 baht in prizes plus cabaret seats and membership. Miss Photogenic went to Kanokrath Lertthrailaks with a 4,500-baht prize package.

They will next serve as representatives for Sisters as it organizes activities and future campaigns, such as public announcements on safe sex to prevent HIV and more.