No Jeers, only Cheers for the Thai Village Queers by Nicolai Engelbrecht

Thai village queers are not so happy as their urban girl friends.

Interschool sports day when all the villages in the district compete for top honours.

The venue, Khao Chaison, a sleepy little town in the south nestled at the foot of a mountain, estimated population probably no more than 5000.

Thai style cheerleaders followed by school bands and contestants march down the turf, each proudly representing their individual institutes of learning.

Next in line to strut their stuff is Khao Chaison High. In full modern Thai regalia, elongated legs towering centimeters above her flanks the head drum majorette digs her Perspex stiletto heels in the muddy field.

The crowd goes quiet observing her every move, their chosen queen is about to lead their pride on the sports field.

Nails like an Asian Tigress clasp a beautiful silver embossed mace. She yells in high tenor with baritone overtones which confirm my suspicions. The lady is a boy!

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She twirls the mace with precision, the drums roll, trumpets echoes through the stadium and the crowd roar with cheers as she confidently leads her entourage to a possible victory.

Imagine a similar scenario in the “liberal”, “enlightened” West. For starters, the chances considering a transgender village High school pupil as head cheerleader seems highly unlikely, let alone the heckle and jeers the poor soul will have to endure.

Thailand may not have legalized gay marriage as yet, however, they are light years ahead when it comes to tolerance and acceptance of their LGBT people.

Thailand truly is an amazing place.

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