Bernama.com - By Jeswan Kaur
Kuala Lumpur (Bernama) - Their cries and pleas to be treated with respect and dignity keep falling on deaf ears. The transsexuals in Malaysia are truly children of the lesser God, to put it bluntly.
They say the government is indifferent towards them. The existence of transsexuals or mak nyah as they are known here seems to be of no significance to the government.
Indeed it is an irony that for a caring nation like Malaysia, it has yet to show empathy towards the mak nyah.
"It amazes me that other more con... [more]
GayCityNews.com - By Doug Ireland
The situation of the transgendered in Iran has been the subject of frequent media reports that paint a rosy picture of life for them in the Islamic Republic, and which characterize Tehran - in a recent description in the U.K. daily The Guardian - as "the unlikely sex-change capital of the world."
Western journalists seem to find it exotic that, in Iran's patriarchal society - in which sexuality and expressions of sexual identity are religiously codified with the force of law, women are restricted to second-class citizenship, and... [more]
Queerty.com - Michael Clyne
A Correspondence from Thailand
Bring up Thailand and someone invariably brings up underage male hustlers. Certainly there are hundreds of readily exploitable young lads, but there's more to Thailand than just sexual tourism.
To shed some light on Thailand's boundary testing - yet not quite breaking - sexuality, we asked gay American expat Michael Clyne (pictured in an artist's rendition) to offer his take. Having lived there for the past year and a half, plus another lengthy stint a few years back, Clyne has a unique view... [more]
VueWeekly.com - Luke Foster
Edmonton's gay scene can be such a drag.
We all know that drag queens are a gentle people. They’re always smiling, tossing “honey”s and “fabulous”es all over the place, cracking jokes and coming up with the wittiest of double entendres. And they’re oh so pretty, at least in that Dollywood-is-just-as-good-as-Disneyland sort of way: just as emotionally scarring as the real thing can be, but brighter, trashier and obviously more entertaining.
I’ve never had a bad experience with a drag queen. The first time I encountered a d... [more]
From a gay men’s leather bar to a diverse venue for queers of all sorts, The Newtown Hotel has undergone several metamorphoses over the years. Yet throughout them all, it has remained a community hotel, according to current licensee for the past three years,... [more]
Transgender trauma (Sep 29, 2006)
PhuketGazette - Source: Siang Tai
While some tourists jet in from around the globe specifically to enjoy the androgynous charms of Patong’s legion of ladyboy prostitutes, there are still cases cases where off-guard male tourists end up with a ladyboy under the misunderstanding that he... [more]
Eye on Gay Shanghai: Transvestites on Tongren Lu (Aug 22, 2006)
Thursdays just became a great night to be “here and queer”, a fag hag or our male counterpart, a stag hag. As Shanghaiist reported earlier, Mint club has recently started a gay night once a week. Its the first predominately heterosexual bar to offer such an event, at l... [more]
Transsexual politician demands louder Japanese gay pride (Aug 17, 2006)
PinkNews.co.uk - PinkNews.co.uk writer
Japan‘s gay community must make itself known in the country, the country‘s only transsexual politician announced last week.
Aya Kamikawa addressed around 4,000 people at last weekend’s Tokyo Gay Pride, proclaiming, “If we do not ra... [more]
Female Impersonators (Aug 16, 2006)
TheNassauGuardian.com - Nadine Brown, Guardian Staff Reporter
In Las Vegas and other cities in the United States and around the world, being a "Drag Queen" is a metaphor for making big bucks as an entertainer. Here in the Bahamas and the Caribbean at large, "Drag Queen" is merely a la... [more]
Warias of the wasteland (Jul 30, 2006)
TheJakartaPost.com - Simon Pitchforth
While returning home one evening last week after blowing the froth off a few ales on Jakarta's street of backpackers and broken dreams (Jl. Jaksa), my Blue Bird hansom cab passed over the river/canal overpass that connects Menteng with the skyscra... [more]
ManilaTimes.net - Francis “Chuck” Gomez
As I began to traverse the vast terrain of modern transgender politics and ideology in preparation for this story, I realized that I am no expert in the field and subject of transgender identity. Like most people, I too have my preconceived noti... [more]
Old clubs new tenants hoping to drag you in (Jun 15, 2006)
TheDesertSun.com - Stefanie Frith
If you see Bette Midler or Celine Dion walking down the street, it just might be the real thing.
Or it could be a female impersonator.
Either way, you are still going to tell your friends you saw them.
And ... [more]
Thailand turns out some of the most beautiful transvestites and transsexuals in the world (May 19, 2006)
Pattaya Daily News - Story: Methawee - Photo : DCman
Thailand, a predominantly Buddhist country, is widely tolerant of homosexuals, transvestites and transsexuals — one reason, perhaps, that men who opt for the transformation here are so stunning and convincing.
WOW!! W... [more]
Japanese transgender community emerges (May 12, 2006)
Dallas Voice - Hiroko Tabuchi - Associated Press
TOKYO — To most Japanese, Takafumi Fujio — with cropped hair, thick arms and deep voice — is a typical, middle-aged salaryman. But until four years ago, when the food company worker started on a range of hormonal treatments, he was a wo... [more]
Empowerment of transvestites on Koovagam fest (May 10, 2006)
NewKerala.com - Papri Sri Raman, Villupuram (Tamil Nadu)
India's transvestites, who have faced ostracism for centuries, are discovering their identities and potentials and getting to know their rights and social duties in a tiny village festival here in Tamil Nadu.
To most Japanese, Takafumi Fujio -- with cropped hair, thick arms and deep voice -- is a typical, middle-aged salaryman. But until four years ago, when the food company worker started on a range of hormonal treatments, he was a woman, a housewife and mother of two.<... [more]
More than Meets the Eye: Lady Boys in Thailand (May 5, 2006)
E-CityLife - Chiang Mai, Thailand
As I sat outside a coffee shop in Chiang Mai, I paid close attention to every woman as she walked by.
Not enough makeup. Hair too plain. Clothes too ordinary.
I was waiting to meet Neung, a 21 year old French major at Chi... [more]
Sex, no bar (Apr 22, 2006)
Many men are celebrating the lifting of the ban on dance bars. Especially the ones who work as bar dancers, says Bhushan Korgaonkar
Once the dance bars are back in business, Deepak Saravde (24) will resume his old routine. At 9.35 pm he will wait for his r... [more]
The Zen of Venn in the Village and how we intersect (Apr 21, 2006)
TheVillager.com - Eden Wall
Greenwich Village is like a Venn diagram, in which several alphabetically marked sets represent the factions that make up the diverse neighborhood. Let us consider three of these many sets, calling them Sets A, B and C. These three sets exist beside one ano... [more]
Gays in Iraq fear for their lives (Apr 17, 2006)
BBC News - Michael McDonough
"I don't want to be gay anymore. When I go out to buy bread, I'm afraid. When the doorbell rings, I think that they have come for me."
That is the fear that haunts Hussein, and other gay men in Iraq.
They say that since the U... [more]