Many people believe Thailand’s ladyboys are just gay guys dressed in drag. Nothing could be further from the truth. The vast majority of ladyboys in Thailand are so due to factors other than just having homosexual tendencies.
As I write in my ebook,Thailand’s Ladyboys Finally Explained :
“Scores of older societies including the Thai culture, some Pacific Island nations, and even ancient Indian tribes such as the Navajo, have for thousands of years believed that some people may be wrongly-born into another sex’s body – the third gender.
Many Thai ladyboys believe this to be true and scores of them do think they are women mistakenly born into the body of a man.
While this may also sound outrageous to westerners, let’s not overlook the fact that Anorexics think they are fat when they are, in fact, quite skinny. Some people, even huge bodybuilders, can perceive themselves as under-developed – an emotional condition known as Bigorexia or Muscle Dysmorphia. In a similar fashion and as mentioned above, some people, despite being born a male, do believe they were meant to be a woman.”
In Thailand, it does appear one is freer to express what sex gender they feel they are more suited to. This is why Thailand has so many Thai Ladyboys who are quite complicated individuals and not just ‘gay men in drag’, as many wrongly assume.