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Students denied right to dress according to gender identity; petition National Human Rights Commission

Submitted on Wed, 2019-07-17 16:24PrachataiTwo students from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Payap University, have filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRC) after the Faculty denied them the right to dress according to their gender identity. The two students were represented at the NHRC Office by LGBT activist Sirisak Chaited, and their petition was submitted on Monday (15 July), at the same meeting in which Sirisak submitted a petition on access to hormone therapy for transgender inmates. Commissioner Angkhana Neelapaijit accepted their petition. The two students are Pattarawadee (last name withheld), a transman, Sitthichai (last name withheld), a transwoman, and are both in their first year at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Payap University. Sirisak, who has been assisting the two students with their case, said that both Pattarawadee and Sitthichai have been aware of their gender identity since a young age, and that their families, lecturers, and classmates are all aware that they are transgender and that Pattarawadee and Sitthichai always present themselves as a man and a woman, respectively. According to Sirisak, Pattarawadee took leave of absence in 2016 to start his transition, before coming back to the university earlier this year. When Pattarawadee and Sitthichai started studying at the university, they both filed a request with the university to dress according to their gender identity, and were told by a lecturer to wear what they want while waiting for the formal permission. However, on 21 June 2019, the Faculty informed the two students after a deans’ meeting that they are not allowed to dress according to their identity and must dress according to the sex they were assigned at birth, claiming that presenting as transgender is not appropriate in their discipline. According to Sirisak, the Faculty of Pharmacy is the only faculty at the... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Students denied right to dress according to gender identity; petition National Human Rights Commission, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Students denied right to dress according to gender identity; petition National Human Rights Commission

 

 

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Published By: Prachatai - Wednesday, 17 July

 

 

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