In Thailand, transgender women (also often referred to as ‘katoeys’ or ‘ladyboys’ in the country) are made to attend military draft day even though they don’t identify as men. Every year in April, about 100,000 men over 21 are required to attend a ‘lottery’ day where they must enlist in the military for two years. Even though transgender women can secure exemption documents, they still have to attend draft day to present the papers and prove they are ineligible to join the military.
After many years of deliberation, the Thai Administrative Court has ordered that a person’s biological sex does not have to match their gender, so transgender draftees could be exempt from conscription. However, it must be noted that Thai law does not allow people to change their gender on their ID documents, so transgender women are still asked to attend draft day to show their ineligibility. The yearly event reportedly causes embarrassment and stress to the transgender women attendees.
Every year, transgender women in Thailand have to line up during military draft day.
During draft day in April, thousands of men and transgender women line up for hours in different locations in Thailand to find out their fate. In Phrae, eight transgender women who attended the conscription avoided selection by military officials. Of the total 500 attendees at the particular draft day event, only 60 men were chosen.
Although they can secure exemption documents, they must attend draft day to present their papers.
In preparation for draft day this year, members of the the government, the media, and the LGBT community reportedly gathered to discuss guidelines for transgender recruits. The process reportedly causes stress to the said recruits because media coverage depicts their participation as a ‘joke.’
The annual event reportedly causes stress to the transgender recruits.
Ronnapoom Samakkeekarom of the Transgender Alliance for Human Rights was quoted as saying:
“Many in the Thai media still portray such news in a humorous way. Some of them even cause more stress to transgender recruits.”
Among the recruits was Patra Wirunthanakij, the former Miss Mimosa Queen of Thailand.
One of the recruits was Patra Wirunthanakij, also known as Nadia, the former Miss Mimosa Queen of Thailand (a contest only open to transgender women).
Another recruit, Rusanan Reuanmoon, told Thai Visa:
“I don’t want to be a soldier. I want to be a woman. I’m not 100 percent yet as I haven’t had my extra bits removed.”
Some media reports depict the transgender women’s attendance as humorous.
Wisanu Nuanjan from the Wangthong sub-district of Phrae commented:
“I work in Chiang Mai. I haven’t switched over entirely yet. I have been in many beauty contests, and I always come in first. I was scared of being a soldier. It is great not to be chosen.”
Thailand is a famous location for gender reassignment surgeries.
Thailand is known for having the most number of gender reassignment surgeries in the world. Many transgender men and women from other countries travel to Thailand to have their procedures done.
Feral ‘Mowgli Girl’ Abandoned In A Forest Was Found Living With Monkeys
This girl, believed to be 8 years old, was found in an Indian forest with monkeys.
A girl described to be feral has been found in a forest in India. The eight-year-old could not walk or talk properly. At the moment, she doesn’t seem to have a family who could identify her. What’s surprising is that when police officers found her in the forest in Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in Bahraich, she was accompanied by three monkeys.
When the officers found her, she reacted with a screech, which also prompted the monkeys to react. She was found to have wounds on her legs and elbow, according to Inspector Ram Avtar Singh. It is believed that her family abandoned her because her clothes are still not so dirty.
Currently, the girl is being treated at a hospital in Bahraich. According to her caregivers, the girl cannot understand the people talking to her. She was acting much like an animal who fears unfamiliar things around her. She would even have violent episodes as doctors continue with her treatment. The girl reportedly tried to escape from the hospital....
China Bans Growth Of ‘Abnormal’ Facial Hair And Veils As An Anti-Extremist Measure
Bans against beards and veils had been irregularly implemented in the past.
Chinese officials are aiming to curb extremism and radicalization in the Muslim-dominated province Xinjiang, by imposing a ban on wearing veils in public as well as sporting “abnormal” facial hair. The move was partly prompted by the hundreds of deaths in the province over the past years because security forces had to confront Islamist militants and the unrest among the Muslim Uighur people.
Xinjiang is home to the traditionally Muslim group, the Uighurs. Many of these people have complained that they have been repressed religiously and culturally and have faced discrimination. The unrest in the area has become deadly and authorities got involved in controlling the situation.
Xinjiang, China has imposed a ban on the growth of abnormal facial hairs.
Heroic 3-Year-Old Girl Saves Unresponsive Mom By Calmly Asking 911 Operator To Send Help.
Amazing response from a 3-year-old girl during 911 emergency.
A child's instinctive behavior is simply fascinating. Sometimes it makes us want to believe that they are adults trapped inside a young body. Their innocent, unassuming but brilliant ways never fail to get us every time, including how they react to certain situations, often trusting their instinct or gut feeling.
This brave little girl from Brick, New Jersey is all that and more. Despite her very young age, the 3-year-old decided to take action the moment she noticed her mother was unresponsive.
With no one to ask for help, she dialed the 911 hotline until she got hold of the operator. Trying to assess the situation and the kid's strange request, the dispatcher tried to engage her in the call whilst asking some relevant questions....
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