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Trans woman standing for election in Nan

in THAILAND, 28/04/2012

"I want to represent the trans women and all groups of homosexuals across the country in parliament and press the government to pay more interest to women and trans women," Yollada "Nok" Suanyot, president of the TransFemale Association of Thailand, said on Wednesday.

Mr Yollada, 30, said he believed that he will be part of a new wave of politicians who will garner support from the transgender group because he had taken part in many social activities.

The former transgender beauty queen had in the past campaigned for the Thai society to term from "homosexuals" to "transgenders" and proposed a project to provide free sex-change operations, which led to a wide debate in the country.

Mr Yollada, who receives backing from people in the entertainment industry, is competing against two male candidates - Pawat Sattayawong and Suchart Jitbanjong - in constituency 1 in tambon Nai Wiang in Nan's Muang district.

The elections will be held on May 27, 2012 in 24 constituencies in 15 districts.

This is also the first time in Thailand that a trans gender is taking part in a provincial election.

Mr Yollanda was once arrested for participating in a beauty pageant with a fake ID card. 

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