Global Post
February 6, 2013

Is there a hidden, transgender voting bloc ripe for a political awakening? At least one Thai politician seems to think so. "Our modern world increasingly accepts varied genders... Bangkok must be a city that understands sexual differences, not just accepting different lifestyles ... it must be a friend to every difference." So goes the latest campaign ad for Pongsapat Pongcharoen, a U.S.-educated police general. Polls suggest he'll soon become Bangkok's next governor. Slick, minimal and set to a twinkly backbeat, the video showcases a stream of cheerful faces. Many of them belong to "kathoeys," male-to-female transgender Thais more commonly known by a cheaper term: ladyboys.