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Some people are upset that well-known transsexual Yollada “Nok” Suanyot is dressing as a women in her new role as a Nan provincial councilor despite being legally a man. 

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Yollada ‘‘Nok’’ Suanyot, or Mr Kirkkong Suanyot as it says on her national identity card, goes to work at the Nan Provincial Administration Organisation RARINTHORN PETCHAROEN

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Skirts vs Trousers

Officially, the newest member of Nan's Provincial Administrative Organisation is Mr Kirkkong Suanyot.

In actual life, however, this Nan official goes by the name Ms Yollada "Nok" Suanyot. She, of course, is a well known transsexual who had surgery to become a woman more than a decade ago.

That did not bother voters in Nan where Yollada won her place in the provincial organisation by defeating the former mayor of Nan municipality.

What has upset some people outside the province, however, is how the transgender provincial council member dresses for work.

Ms Yollada, 30, has come under criticism after photos of her wearing a female official's uniform with a skirt as she attended her first PAO meeting were posted on the internet.

Some internet critics said it was inappropriate for the Nan PAO councillor, with the title of "Mr", to wear a skirt to work.

Men, according to the local government's dress code, are required to wear trousers.

Ms Yollada has pleaded for understanding, saying the "Mr" title does not reflect who she is. Though she had a sex-change operation, she could not use "Ms" on legal documents as the law does not recognise transgenders.

Local officials do not appear to be especially concerned about the controversy.

Nan Cultural Council president Pirom Thepsukhon said Ms Yollada usually wears skirts, particularly traditional clothes, when she is not working.

While it might be inappropriate for a transgender council member to wear a uniform with a skirt to work, the council would not oppose her choice of clothes as she has already undergone a sex-change operation and she has never blemished her reputation, Mr Pirom said.

PAO chairman Narin Lao-araya said no problems would arise if people were happy about Ms Yollada wearing skirts to work although he did suggest that perhaps she should consider following the dress code.

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Rarinthorn Petcharoen.

identity – who or what somebody/something is  ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
skirt – piece of clothing for a woman or girl that hangs from the waist กระโปรง
trousers – pants; a piece of clothing covering the body from the waist to the feet, divided into separate parts for each leg and worn by both men and women กางเกง
transsexual – a person who feels emotionally that they want to live, dress, etc. as a member of the opposite sex ผู้มีจิตใจเหมือนเพศตรงข้าม
surgery – medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone’s body การผ่าตัด
decade – a period of ten years  ทศวรรษ
bother – to make someone feel worried or upset ทำให้รำคาญ, ทำให้วิตกกังวล
defeat – to win a victory over someone in a fight, war or competition ชนะ, ปราบ
mayor – the most important elected official in a town or city นายกเทศมนตรี
municipality – a town, city or district with its own local government เทศบาล
upset – unhappy or disappointed because of something unpleasant that has happened  ว้าวุ่นใจ, กังวลใจ, ไม่สบายใจ, สับสน
transgender – relating to transsexuals and transvestites (a person, especially a man, who enjoys dressing as a member of the opposite sex) คนข้ามเพศ, คนที่แสดงออก หรือแต่งกาย หรือผ่านการผ่าตัดเพื่อเปลี่ยนเป็นเพศตรงข้าม
criticism – comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad การวิจารณ์
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
uniform – the special set of clothes worn by all members of an organisation or a group at work, or by children at school  เครื่องแบบ
critic – a person who expresses disapproval of somebody/something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly ผู้ติเตียน, ผู้/นักวิจารณ์
inappropriate – unsuitable ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
dress code – rules for how a person must dress in a particular situation or at a particular place or event
plead – to ask for something in an emotional way ขอร้อง, วิงวอน
reflect – to show สะท้อน แสดงถึง
operation – the process of cutting open a part of a person's body in order to remove or repair a damaged part การผ่าตัด
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
document – a paper or set of papers with written or printed information, especially of an official type  เอกสาร
recognise – to accept that something is true or important ยอมรับ
local – in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about  ท้องถิ่น
appear – to seem ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า
concerned – worried about something   มีความกังวล
controversy – a disagreement that a lot of people have strong feelings about ความขัดแย้ง
traditional – of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time เป็นประเพณี,  ตามธรรมเนียม
oppose – to disagree with or not approve of a plan or policy คัดค้าน
blemish – to spoil something that is beautiful or perfect in all other ways ทำให้มีตำหนิ, ทำให้ไม่สมบูรณ์, ทำให้เปื้อน
reputation – the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is ชื่อเสียง
arise – to happen as a result of a particular situation  เกิดขึ้น
suggest – to mention an idea or a plan for somebody else to think about  เสนอ, เสนอแนะ
consider – to give careful thought to something before making a decision พิจารณา

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