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Thailand’s Transgender People Widely Accepted in Thai Society



BANGKOK – Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration has released a survey showing that
transgender people have become more accepted in Thai society.

The Nida Poll was conducted on July 30-31 on 1,259 people of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country.

Conducted to gauge attitudes towards transgender people on various issues the Bangkok Post reported.

The poll follows a parliamentary visit  by representatives of a group campaigning for a legal rights for transgenders.

To push for a bill that would allow them to change their title after they undergo sex reassignment surgery.

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Asked whether it would be acceptable to them if their friends or colleagues at workplaces are transsexuals, a huge majority – or 90.15% – said “yes”. Furthermore that people should be judged by their ability and conduct, not their sexual preference; 7.78% said “no”, saying they are not acceptable to them; and 2.07% were uncertain or had no comment. In a 2015 survey, the percentage of acceptance was 88.72.

Asked how they would react if a member of their family is transgender, 86.81% said he or she would be acceptable to them; 11.44% said he or she would not be acceptable to them; and 1.75% were uncertain or had no comment. In the 2015 survey, the percentage of acceptance was 79.92.

On a proposal for transgender people to be allowed to change their name title, 54.49% said they agreed with it; 36.53% disagreed; and 8.98% were uncertain or had no comment.

In the 2015 survey, only 39.44% agreed that they should be allowed to change their title.

The percentage of agreement was 59.36 in the 2015 survey.

Source: Nida, Bangkok Post


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