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Story Publication logo October 5, 2015

Thailand: The Price of Womanhood


Pulitzer Student Fellow Julia Boccagno prepares to interview a transgender cabaret performer backstage at Tiffany's Show Pattaya. Image Courtesy of Julia Boccagno. Thailand, 2015.

Although Thailand may appear accepting of transgenders, it ostracizes “ladyboys” from mainstream...

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Dr. Greechart (middle) of Yanhee International Hospital performs a two-hour facial feminization surgery on a transgender patient. Image by Julia Boccagno. Thailand, 2015.

Since Thailand's first male to female sex-reassignment surgery in 1975, this Asian country has emerged as an international hotspot for cosmetic and plastic procedures.

Inexpensive costs and quality medical care attract many transgender patients hoping to make the physical transition into womanhood.

Pulitzer Center student fellow Julia Boccagno interviews two Thai transwomen and visits an operating room at Yanhee International Hospital where renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Greechart Pornsinsirisak talks about the costs and motives behind the beautifying surgeries.



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