MY TWO SATANGS
Thailand's first sexual reassignment surgery operation was carried out in 1975. This came 28 years before sodomy laws in the United States were completely revoked in 2003.
This early acceptance of an individual's rights to change their sexual identity is not the only example of Thailand's progressive attitude to civil rights. Women were given the right to vote in Thailand in 1932, 12 years before France, 15 years before China and decades before most other developing nations.
But, of course, the first to move are not always the first to successfully integrate these new attitudes within their society.
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