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First Queer Voices from Thailand"Uncle Go's Advice Columns for Gays, Lesbians and Kathoeys"$
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Peter A. Jackson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083268

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083268.001.0001

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From Kathoey Exposés to Gay Advice Column

From Kathoey Exposés to Gay Advice Column

The Evolution of Uncle Go Paknam in Plaek

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(p.3) Chapter 1 From Kathoey Exposés to Gay Advice Column
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First Queer Voices from Thailand
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Peter A. Jackson

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083268.003.0001

This chapter details the origins of Uncle Go’s gay and lesbian advice columns in a series of interviews with male-to-female transgender kathoeys published in Plaek in 1975 and 1976 in a series titled “Girls to the Power of 2”. The historical recentness of Thailand’s public kathoey culture is summarised and some the Thai cultural attitudes to transgenderism and homosexuality reflected in the “Girls to the Power of 2” columns are analysed. Translations of some of the first letters published in Uncle Go Paknam’s “Love Problems of the Third Sex” gay advice column are provided.

Keywords:   Thailand, Transgender, Kathoey, Sexuality, Gender, Femininity, Gay, Homosexuality, Masculinity, Media

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