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More than 100 transgender people have applied for sex-change surgery to fufil their dreams of being a woman both physically and mentally.
Transgender persons wait to apply for the Sister’s Hand project offering free sex-change surgery. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
“Imprisoned” in a man’s body
A transsexual named Beer, a 22-year-old beautician, was among dozens of transgender persons gathering at the TransFemale Association of Thailand to apply for free sex-change surgery.
More than 100 transgender people have applied for the surgery under the Sister's Hand project. Funding limitations, however, mean that only five will be chosen.
Beer hopes she will be one of them. She said she had felt she was a female since she was a small child and undergoing the sex-change operation would fulfil her dream of being a woman both physically and mentally.
She has already had a breast enlargement operation and is looking forward to the free sex-change surgery.
"I wish to see that thing between my legs disappear," she said. "I feel hurt every time I see it because it is not me."
The project, which is sponsored by the Preecha Aesthetic Institute, Yanhee Hospital and Discovery Channel, is in its second year.
Yollada Krirkkong, the association's president, said the association was founded five years ago to campaign to improve the life quality of transgender people in "every possible aspect".
Sister's Hand was launched last year and is the first project initiated by the private sector to provide free sex-change surgery, said Ms Yollada, who has herself undergone a sex change operation.
Started in 2010, this is the second year of the project. There are only five places available as each operation costs approximately 100,000 baht. Almost 100 people applied. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
The project is aimed at freeing transgender people from feelings of "being imprisoned in a male's physical identity", she said.
A transsexual named Rodmay, a 24-year-old tutor, underwent a sex-change operation under the project last year. She said she was from a farming family and did not have enough money for the operation.
"I used to cry almost every day because I was trapped in a man's body. I cry no more after undergoing the operation," she said.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post by Penchan Charoensuthipan. For more photos click here: http://bit.ly/gwvscB
transsexual – a person who feels emotionally that they want to live, dress, etc. as a member of the opposite sex ผู้มีจิตใจเหมือนเพศตรงข้าม
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
apply – to make a formal request for permission to do or have something ขอ (noun form: application การขอ)
surgery – medical treatment in which a doctor cuts open someone’s body การผ่าตัด
imprisoned – in a prison or another place from which a person cannot escape ถูกขัง
beautician – ช่างเสริมสวย
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน,
association – an official group of people who have joined together for a particular purpose สมาคม
funding – money given for a particular purpose การให้เงินสนับสนุน
limitation – a situation that puts a limit on something ข้อจำกัด
female – being a woman or a girl สตรี, ผู้หญิง, เพศหญิ
undergo – to experience something ประสบ
operation – the process of cutting open a part of a person's body in order to remove or repair a damaged part การผ่าตัด
fulfil – to achieve something that you wanted to do, or to get something that you hoped for สำเร็จ
physically – in a way that is connected with a person's body rather than their mind ด้านร่างกาย, เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
mentally – connected with or happening in the mind ด้านจิตใจ
breast – either of the two round soft parts at the front of a woman's body that produce milk when she has had a baby หน้าอก
enlargement – the process or result of something becoming or being made larger การขยาย, การเพิ่ม, การทำให้กว้างขึ้น
look forward to – to feel pleased and excited about something that is going to happen ตั้งหน้ารอคอย
disappear – to no longer exist; to no longer be in use หายไป, สาบสูญ, สูญหาย
sponsor – to support a person, organization or activity by giving money, encouragement or other help อุปถัมภ์, สนับสนุน
aesthetic – relating to beauty ที่เกี่ยวกับความงาม
found – to start an organization, company, political party etc สร้าง, ก่อตั้ง, สถาปนา
campaign – a series of actions intended to produce political or social change การรณรงค์
improve – to make better ทำให้ดีขึ้น
quality – the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is คุณภาพ
aspect – one part of a situation, problem, subject, etc ด้าน,มุม
launch – to start something เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มต้น, เริ่มทำ
initiate – to make something start ริเริ่ม
private sector – businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government ภาคเอกชน
identity – who someone is เอกลักษณ์, ลักษณะพิเศษ, ลักษณะเฉพาะ