For centuries in the Land of Smiles, men with an outwardly feminine appearance felt offended when they were called "katoey" or "toot" (transvestite). But as time goes by, more gays and transpeople have come out in the public spotlight than ever before. Today, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities in Thailand have become more visible in society. In the popular Diary of Tootsies: The Series, all the main characters are openly gay, while 17-year-old transgender fashionista Madaew from Isan has become famous internationally for turning everyday items into chic costumes.
April 16 / Bangkok Post