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Hard for transsexuals to find acceptance

in SINGAPORE, 27/09/2013

There is still not much acceptance for transsexuals here, experts say. That's because mainstream society is still not comfortable with the notion of transgender identity, say psychiatrists and people who work with the transgender community here.

Transsexuals strongly identify with the opposite sex and may undergo surgery and hormone therapy to obtain the necessary physical appearance.

There are at least 1,500 transsexuals here, suggests a 2007 study.

There are transwomen - born males, but want to be female, and also transmen - born female, but want to be male. Both face real and persistent discrimination even today, says Mr Daniel Kaw, founder of SgButterfly, a group for transsexuals here.

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