Checkmate, trannies!

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Behold the peer-reviewed anti-trans logic of a right wing “journal,” the Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine:

The fact that hermaphrodites have few, if any, problems with transsexualism, when one might expect them to have problems if any group of people would, proves that there is no physiological cause. As a group they prove that once a sex gender role have been assigned, children adjust well and experience few problems. Thus, sexual gender roles are largely learned.

Intersex people don’t hate trans people, ergo all trans experiences are absolutely, in no sense whatsoever, in any way, conditioned by physiological primers.

My god. The logic is unassailable! My life is a lie!

[T]he agreement that I find in this book underscores the validity of biblical ethics, even beyond the explicit statements of Scripture

– Franklin E. Payne, Jr., M.D, one of the peers who “reviewed” the “journal.”

Biblical Rule For Testing If God Is Real

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It’s true. The Bible actually instructs people on the exact way to test if a god is real. I give you, Isaiah 41:21 – 23:

21 Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.

22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.

23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together.

To find out if a god is real, you test it and allow the evidence to inform your belief. The Biblical test you are commanded to use is that you see if your god will tell you what’s going to happen in the future. Additionally, your god should also suspend the laws of nature for your test by zapping a good or bad thing into existence.  In a surprising turn of events, the Bible and Christopher Hitchens actually seem to agree!

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It seems to get worse for those who believe in a god on faith alone. If you find that your god didn’t give you the lotto numbers, you are an abomination! Isaiah 41:24:

24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.

So, if your god won’t allow you to test it and you still believe in it, you are an abomination. Wow. I take it back. Maybe the Bible and Hitchens don’t actually agree. Hitchens was never this strident in his condemnation of belief without reason!

I’ve emphasized the word “seems” because the Bible – in an awesome do what I say, not what I do moment – gave one additional test rule that only applies to those who believe in the god Yahweh Elohim:

Luke 4:12 “… Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”1

As Sam Harris would say, “This is how you play tennis without the net.”2

So, if you believe in Thor on faith alone, you are an abomination because your beliefs should be based in logic and reason and if you don’t believe in Yahweh Elohim because you find no compelling evidence to justify that belief you’re a sinner and a fool; you’re a corrupt, vile evildoer… and a cannibal… who has an anxiety disorder. 3


1.) Jesus is referring to Deuteronomy 6:16 – “Do not put the Lord your God to the test as you did at Massah.”

2.)“Nine million children die every year before reaching the age of five. Imagine the Asian tsunami of 2004 occurring every day, killing only children under five. Think of their parents. Most of them believe in God and are praying for their children. Their prayers will not be answered. According to Dr Craig, this is part of God’s plan. Most of these, Craig believes, are going to hell through no fault of their own, being born into the wrong culture. There are 1.2 billion in India who, according to Dr Craig, are doomed no matter how good they are, and will be tortured in hell for eternity. So God created the cultural isolation of the Hindus, and created the penalty for this ignorance, eternal conscious torment in fire. On the other hand, a run of the mill serial killer who rapes and kills children, need only come to Jesus on death row, and he will spend eternity in heaven. This vision of life has absolutely nothing to do with moral accountability. We’re told that God is loving and kind and just etc, but when people point out that God visits suffering on innocent people, we’re told that God is mysterious. This is how you play tennis without the net.”

 3.) Psalm 14:1 – 4 – 6 “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. 3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. 4 Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on the Lord. But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge.”

The Right-To-Bully Law

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The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACoT) is upset because students who are preacher-programmed homo/transphobes can no longer strut the Tennessee school hallways damning GLBT people to hell due to Tennessee’s anti-bullying law. On their website, FACoT claims:

Tennessee law contains several provisions designed to prevent bullying in schools.   These provisions define what constitutes bullying; require school districts to adopt policies prohibiting bullying; and encourage districts to implement prevention programs.  However, some provisions as well as current district policies can lead to: (1) some students receiving less protection from bullying than other students; (2) students being prevented from expressing unpopular or religiously-based viewpoints; and (3) a district implementing an anti-bullying program that promotes a political agenda.

– FACoT‘s website

Ah, the intolerance of intolerance is intolerance argument… Fear not haters of equality, FACoT is here to make sure that obnoxious religious bigots can never (by act of law) be called a bully. Yes, you see, stopping religious bigots from taunting GLBT kids with visions of eternal torture is actually an act of bullying because not only does it limit a bully’s right to be as obnoxious as they like under any condition, for a religious bigot, informing others of their sinful ways is part of their religious practice. See? Intolerance of intolerance is indeed intolerance!

According to FACoT’s site, bullying against GLBT kids isn’t actually a problem anyway:

See? GLBT kids don't get bullied. FACoT says GLSEN says so!

 

Does the above sound strange to you? Well, that’s because FACoT is focusing on the self reporting of PRINCIPALS, not students. Here’s what the STUDENTS have to say about the bullying they face:

  • 84.6% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
  • 63.7% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 27.2% reported being physically harassed and 12.5% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their gender expression.
  • 72.4% heard homophobic remarks, such as “faggot” or “dyke,” frequently or often at school.
  • Nearly two-thirds (61.1%) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third (39.9%) felt unsafe because of their gender expression.
  • 29.1% of LGBT students missed a class at least once and 30.0% missed at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns, compared to only 8.0% and 6.7%, respectively, of a national sample of secondary school students.

Digging past the fact that 9 out of 10 GLBT kids are bullied to instead represent that the EXACT OPPOSITE is true (9 out of 10 are NOT bullied) really says something about the True Christian (TM) character of FACoT. I mean, the diligence it must have taken to read through all of those reports of suicide, depression, assault and abuse to find that one statistic to be used on FACoT’s website must have taken a constitution that would make Simon Legree blush. Bravo, FACoT… bravo!

So, to ensure that bullies the religiously pious are protected from bullying bigot-ophobes, Tennessee Republicans have introduced Senate Bill 760 and its House counterpart, House Bill 1153. Yes, REPUBLICAN Senator Jim Tracy and his House counterpart REPUBLICAN Representative Vance Dennis introduced these bills to make sure that, as the bills both state:

… “creating a hostile educational environment” would not include discomfort and unpleasantness that can accompany the expression of a viewpoint or belief that is unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials.

 

This is great news for white supremacist Christians who believe in the Curse of Ham. After this bill becomes law, they’ll be able to express their “unpopular” views on segregation.

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  • “The curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the black race.” – Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • “We know the circumstances under which the posterity of Ham were cursed with what we call Negroid racial characteristics.” – Mormon Church
  • “The Scriptural basis on which we are implored to intact this legislation… I find none.” US Senator Robert Byrd (and Klan member) speaking against desegregation
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Just because the above religious views might be “unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials“, under this new “Save The Bullies” law, students will be able to express their faith viewpoint or belief that whites are the superior race in school without facing disciplinary actions.

Also, Christians who believe in the inerrant teachings of Matthew 5:17 and Leviticus 15:19-30 will at long last be able to express their faith viewpoint or belief on menstruation as well!

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Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Jesus instructs his followers to uphold Old Testament laws)

Leviticus 15:19-30: 19 When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening. 20Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. 21Anyone who touches her bed will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 22 Anyone who touches anything she sits on will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 23 Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, they will be unclean till evening.  24 If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean. 25 When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period. 26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period. 27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. 28 When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean. 29 On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 30 The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the LORD for the uncleanness of her discharge.

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Just because the above faith viewpoint or belief  might be “unpopular, not shared by other students, or not shared by teachers or school officials“, under this new “Save The Bigots” law, students will be able to freely inquire into the uterine lining status of any female at school without facing disciplinary actions.

Thank you Tennessee Republicans for being the vanguard of all faith-based values:

Atheism: Cold, Hard and Heartless

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The above video
is one of my favorite Hitchisms.  Christopher beautifully elucidates what brings life to our existence… and what does not.

I’ve heard so many times that atheism is cold; that atheists see no real beauty or passion; nor can we truly experience marvel or the transcendent because, as the meme goes, ‘atheists believe that everything came from nothing, is going nowhere and doesn’t mean anything’.  Scores of religious apologists have attempted to paint the atheist position as something that is without the essence of life and that the only option which offers access to beauty, love and the transcendent is, you guessed it, their particular sect of their particular denomination of their particular religion!

To quote one apologist:

They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.  They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

So long Hitch, thank you for helping me free my mind!

Republicanism is Political Heroin

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Here’s the Texas Republican leadership in all its glory. This is the guy Texas Republicans believe to be the embodiment of Texas Republicanism… so much so that they made sure that he became the longest continuously serving current U.S. governor. Moreover, since this is what Republicanism looks like he was elected TWICE to lead the Republican Governors Association.

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Remember, Rick Perry is ‘Bush teh 2nd‘. Republicans love leaders like this and they keep electing them. Perry is just like Bush and Republicans ‘elected’ Bush president TWICE… and look where it got us. I’m hoping that the American electorate is beginning to grasp that Reagan Republicans are America’s political heroin.

Each time it’s supposed to be different, imirite? You take another Republican hit thinking that this time it will be different; this time Republicanism will bring you that high you’ve been chasing since 1980. What happens? All you get is another war, more failed and debunked trickle down economics, more tax hikes for the non-uber rich, more national debt, more growth of the government, more government erosion of privacy rights, more cutbacks on social safety networks and, of course, more deregulation that leads to crap like the S&L debacle (that my grandmother lost her life savings from) and the collapse of the American banking industry under its own unregulated greed.

Republicanism = FAIL

Yes, yes, yes… we all know about the logic loop running in the heads of the Republican electorate: “Teh herp deregulation derp Solyndra herp derp Obamacare derp death panels herp birth certificate derp 9-9-9 (!1!) an Mixercans wall + drill!!!!!!!!!111” No need to repeat it here.

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Oh, I get it; you’re different than a Bush Republican because you’re pro Ron “the earth is 6000 years old an teh gov’t should teach god in schools” Paul. Yes, yes, yes… go put your head down and let the grown ups talk.

This is Ron Paul:

The notion of a rigid separation between church and state has no basis in either the text of the Constitution or the writings of our Founding Fathers. On the contrary, our Founders’ political views were strongly informed by their religious beliefs. Certainly the drafters of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, both replete with references to God, would be aghast at the federal government’s hostility to religion. The establishment clause of the First Amendment was simply intended to forbid the creation of an official state church like the Church of England, not to drive religion out of public life. The Founding Fathers envisioned a robustly Christian yet religiously tolerant America, with churches serving as vital institutions that would eclipse the state in importance. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have done what no government can ever do, namely teach morality and civility. Moral and civil individuals are largely governed by their own sense of right and wrong, and hence have little need for external government. This is the real reason the collectivist Left hates religion: Churches as institutions compete with the state for the people’s allegiance, and many devout people put their faith in God before putting their faith in the state. Knowing this, the secularists wage an ongoing war against religion, chipping away bit by bit at our nation’s Christian heritage. Christmas itself may soon be a casualty of that war.

Paul, here’s a little Thomas Payne – you know, the guy responsible for the American Revolution:

  • “The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun, in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun, and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun.”
  • “Each of those churches show certain books, which they call revelation, or the word of God. The Jews say, that their word of God was given by God to Moses, face to face; the Christians say, that their word of God came by divine inspiration: and the Turks say, that their word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from Heaven. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”
  • “All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”
  • “The age of ignorance commenced with the Christian system.”
  • “Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid, or produces only atheists and fanatics.”

I could make this blog post huge and quote the anti-Christain feelings of everyone from John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington to James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Their feelings on a government based upon so-called Christian ideals is complete BS and Ron Paul – like Bush 2 and every Republican hoping to run for the Presidency – wants to turn American into a theocracy. Ron Paul is just more of the same political heroin.

Lastly to hit the point home, there’s the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli – conceived of under the Washington administration, signed by President John Adams, read aloud on the floor of the Senate, copies were given to each and every Senator, passed unanimously by the Senate (only the 3rd unanimous vote of almost 400 senate votes) and published in the American newspapers, without public outcry:

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“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”

Lastly, if you’re pro-GLBT equality and you’re supporter of Republicanism, you’re a hypocrite. Here’s why.

Dr. Heir Stephan Hotze on 1041 BASH AM Radio

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A radio interview with arch right-wing anti-trans Republican financial backer Steven Hotze’s  brother, Dr. Heir Stephan Hotze:

 

Steven Hotze is a hatemonger.

For nearly twenty five years he has stoked the flames of bigotry in this community like no other local politico. In the mid-1980’s he masterminded the repeal of the City of Houston non-discrimination ordinance which had been enacted by Mayor Kathy Whitmire and the Houston City Council. The following year, he fielded a group of right wing zealots to run for City Council on the “Straight Slate.” Their platform consisted of unadulterated gay-baiting epitomized by the reply of their mayoral candidate to a question of what could be done about the AIDS epidemic: “Shoot the queers.” Hotze would not repudiate that response, nor the mayoral candidate who uttered it. Fortunately, they all lost.

Hotze continues vehemently to espouse his brand of extreme intolerance. For example, he regularly insists that the death penalty is fitting for homosexual conduct. And in 2008, he insisted, without one iota of evidence, that gays and lesbians were devoted to “recruiting sexually confused adolescents into their lifestyle.”

Hotze’s bigotry and extremism are not confined to homophobia. His anti-women beliefs are evidenced by his strident insistence that “a wife may work outside the home only with her husband’s consent.” And in 2008, he was reportedly behind the financing of a blatantly racist piece of campaign literature which depicted Barack Obama, Harold Dutton, Congressmember Sheila Jackson-Lee, and the Anglo Democratic candidate state legislature in House District 144, and an ominous line of black crows on a dead tree, with the caption “birds of a feather flock together.

Gerry Birnberg
Chair, Harris County Democratic Party
November 17, 2009

Attitudes about TS and CD People as a Group in 1959

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Some claim that the reason transsexual people have not yet gained full equality under the law is that there exists a word that is inclusive of both transsexuals with crossdressers: “transgender”. In their minds, it is this tangential connection to the crossdresser – not the oppressive system – that’s the problem.  How rooted in the historical record is this sentiment?

Consider the following 52 year-old newspaper article from 1959:

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Some Things Worry You About World

The story of the Miami housewife who, it turned out, had once been a man, was a shocker. But not just because it involved sex surgery.

After all, if science can correct such mistakes of nature as the absence of hair or decay of teeth, or dimming eyesight or fading hearing, it is only reasonable to expect such physiological fillips as this.

The minister who performed the marriage ceremony for this former boy who is not a girl “was shocked,” to learn the story.

“I’m going to call my doctor and get some tranquilizers,” said the Rev. A. H. Stainback. “I wonder what the deacons will say.”

It is not the trans-sexuals and transvedtites that cause us worry about the world. It is ministers who, in time of crisis, reach for tranquilizers rather than prayer and worry about what, not the Lord, but the deacons will say.

– The Hutchinson News, Page 4, Tues, Nov 17, 1959

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Remember that just months before this article came out, trans women had been rioting in the streets for their rights in the Dewey’s Riots of LA. It was still illegal to do one’s real-life test throughout America due to anti-crossdressing laws. As this article highlights, during this time there were consequences for being out of the closet.

I personally find it interesting that even back then, wherever I see anti-equality measures pushed (from pro-slavery initiatives to chauvinism), I will inevitably find the  a fundamentalist’s fingerprints all over the effort. I, like the author of this article, am very clear about where the oppression I face comes from and it’s not coming from my non-transsexual brothers and sisters.

Thai Buddhist Ex-Trans Ministry

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I recently discovered that there is an ex-trans temple in Thailand that is trying to chant, meditate and bully the trans out of trans people. Wat Kreung Tai has a special program for male-bodied trans people between the ages of 11 and 18.

The “Kreung” in Wat (Wat = monastery in Thai) Kreung Tai has a certain connotation that’s is significant in their reparative detransing effort. Kreung is a term that is generally used to refer to people of mixed racial background and specifically Thais of Western Caucasian and Thai ancestry. The term is sometimes used as a slur and those who are kreung have a history of enduring discrimination due to a lack of what is thought to be racial purity. They were often stereotyped as being the product of a Thai prostitute and her western John. However, within the last 2 decades, they have become viewed as being beautiful and attractive due to their lighter skin tone. If you don’t compare this concept of kreung to the experience of the kathoey (Thai MTF trans people), there is a cultural nuance can be missed. The term carries connotations of otherness; of being half, of the world of prostitution and of not being like other Thais.

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Pipop Thanajindawong (seated, eyes closed) is a kathoey who is having her head shaved as all sramaneras (novice monks) and bhikhus (fully ordained monks) do.

Pitsanu Witcharato, the camp’s overseer,  set up the reparative operation in 2008 when he became offended by the number of kathoey who were becoming novice monks.

When talking about Pipop (pictured above), he laments:

Sometimes we give them money to buy snacks but he saved it up to buy mascara.

He then goes on to opine:

Were you born as a man or a woman or can you not specify your gender – not man or woman?You cannot be anything else but your true gender, which is a man. As a novice you can only be a man. We cannot change all of them but what we can do is to control their behavior to make them understand that they were born as a man… and cannot act like a woman.

Lest you think Witcharato is acting in good faith to actual Buddhist doctrine, consider the following from another monk of the same school of Buddhism (Theravada):

The Vinaya Pitaka, the ancient Buddhist texts that define the rules for Buddhist monks and nuns, record two incidences of sex change that a monk and a nun had gone through. A group of monks and nuns bring the two incidences to the Buddha’s notice. The Buddha accepts their changed status. He allows the former male disciple who became a female to live with female disciples, and the former female disciple to live with males.

These episodes indicate the Buddha’s open-mindedness toward transsexual persons. He accepted their bodily changes even though some in his society attributed such changes to the influence of bad Karmas. Some of the sections in the Vinaya Pitaka are obviously later additions, which do not represent the Buddha’s true voice. There is every reason to believe that the Buddha accepted all kinds of people irrespective of any differences they had undergone.

The Buddha’s statement that one becomes a noble person not by birth but by one’s behavior confirms this conclusion. “Birth” means wealth, social status, and physical appearance including the gender of a particular person. Change of a certain person’s gender has no connection to the evaluation of that person. Only wholesome behavior—wholesome words, actions, and thoughts—makes a person noble.

– Bhante Rahula Basnagoda, PhD

In fact, in Buddhist texts, there are several types of transgender people that are noted:

  • The Vepurisika: A trans man
  • The Sambhinna: Usually translated as being an intersex person, but also means someone who has or takes on the characteristics of both male and female.
  • The Ubhatovyanjanaka: a sort of catch-all term for transgender, but specifically  transsexualism.
  • The Opakkamikapandaka: A eunuch
  • The Napumsakapandaka: Someone born without sex organs; neutral sexed.

While the above terms are sometimes used in conjunction with descriptions of sexual activity, it seems that over 2500 years, Buddhists understood that there was a difference between sexuality, physical sex, social gender roles and gender identity.

However, this monk-run re-gendering camp isn’t an isolated incident in homo/transphobic monks using their own interpretation of Buddhism to target the queer community. Phra Pisarn Thammapatee (AKA Phra Payom Kalayano), one of the most eminent monks in Thailand, demanded in 2003 that 1,000 gay/trans monks be stripped of their ordination.

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Pipop Thanajindawong in the Buddhist re-education camp for trans people

Pipop doesn’t hold out a lot of hope for the Buddhist version of reparative therapy. Before going to the camp, she lived as a woman until her family encouraged her to give this re-education camp a try. Speaking about her family and her return to Bangkok, Pipo said:

I can make them proud even I’m not a man. Once I leave the monkhood the first thing I want to do is to shout, to scream out loud saying: ‘I can go back to being the same again!

After leaving the camp, Pipo wants to work at a bank and save enough money to get gender confirming surgery.