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Thai tomboy students demand the right to wear pants

University students in Bangkok who identify as tomboy say it is unfair that they can't wear pants, when kathoey (trans women and gay men) can wear skirts.

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18th February 2013 01:30

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Students at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University in Bangkok have complained saying it is unfair that male students are allowed to wear female clothes, but female students are not allowed to wear male clothes.

‘When I see that men come to class wearing skirts I just feel that’s unfair,’ said third year student Jinda Pigulgaew, Bangkok Post reports. ‘However, I do understand that in our current society men have more advantages.’

The university has many kathoey (transgender women or effeminate gay men) students who wear skirts, but students who identify as tomboy are not allowed to wear pants.

Lesbian women in Thailand usually identify as either ‘tomboy’ or ‘princess’. Tomboys may also refer to trans men. 

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