Third Sex in Thailand — Thais are not against it

According to a survey of Thai citizens, Thais support same-sex marriage and are not against the third sex

Third Sex in Thailand — Thais are not against it

The majority of Thai citizens consider the presence of the third sex, as transgender Catholics are called in the country, acceptable in their social circle. These results were obtained by sociologists of the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) according to the results of the June poll.

Specialists from the institute conducted a survey on attitudes toward transgender people in Thailand from June 8 to 10 by telephone interview. The 1,310 people aged 15 and older were surveyed, and the sample included respondents with different education levels and occupations across the country, the Bangkok Post reported.

When asked if a transgender person was acceptable to them as a friend or colleague, 92.82% of respondents responded positively, with 7.18% giving a negative answer. A similar result was obtained when asked if a transgender person is acceptable as a family member — 90.61% said yes, whereas 9.31% said no (0.08% found it difficult to answer).

The pollsters also asked pollsters whether transgender people should be allowed to change their name prefixes, such as «Mr.» or «Mrs.» 63.50% responded positively, 36.18% responded negatively, and 0.23% found it difficult to say anything.

Those who supported the idea of changing the variant of address were additionally asked in which cases it is acceptable. In response, 57.62% said that in any case, and 42.38% said that after sex reassignment surgery.

The survey also supported the proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Thailand (the relevant bill has already been approved by the Cabinet, but the Parliament has not yet proceeded to consider the document). According to NIDA, 79.62% of Thais favor legalizing civil unions and 20.38% oppose it.

Also, most Thais approved of the idea of adding a third option to the various standard forms, in addition to the usual «man» and «woman.» The idea was supported by 77.63% of respondents, 22.14% opposed, and 0.23% were undecided.

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