Thai Transwoman Running For Political Office

Download PDF

Some wonderful news coming out of the Land of Smiles is that an accomplished transwoman and local activist is running for political office.

That history making transwoman is 30 year old Yollada ‘Nok’ Suanyot and she is not only familiar to Thai citizens thanks to newspaper stories about her, she has been one busy and accomplished lady since since she underwent her surgery at age 16.

She runs a satellite television station, gained her PhD, was once a member of an all-trans Thai pop group called Venus Flytrap, owns a jewelry business, is the current President of the TransFemale Association of Thailand and has been a strong advocate for TBLG rights in the Land of Smiles.

She is competing for a provincial office in Nan Province in the upcoming May 27 elections against two cis male candidates and is trying to become the highest ranking trans elected official to date in her homeland.   As of this moment no Thai transwoman has been elected to anything higher in Thai politics than small district-level positions.

So why is she running for office? “I’m confident that my experience and ability will be useful in the development of Nan,” she said.  “I want to represent the trans women and all groups of homosexuals across the country in parliament and press the government to pay more interest to women and trans women,”

She is also has a political platform addressing the flooding issues in her province, wants to set up a 24 hour citizens complaint hotline to deal with issues that need governmental attention and wants to have an increased focus on youth services and issues.

Good luck to her, hope Yollada makes some history and breaks another glass ceiling for transwomen in the Land of Smiles.  We hope it also becomes just the first step of her journey towards being elected to Thailand’s parliament.

cross-posted from TransGriot

Add Comment

The New York Magazine lies to parents about trans children

Jesse Singal, Senior Editor at, has enlisted his New York...

BREAKING: due to Target’s trans policy, voyeur accessed women’s changing room?

A case of voyeurism that has gripped the media was initially reported on...

The media is lying about why NC is being sued

By Cristan Williams @cristanwilliams Almost without exception, all news stories covering...

What the US Attorney General actually said about trans people & fighting NC in court

On Monday, May 9th, the United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch...

The Politics of Transphobia

Bathroom Bills & The Dialectic of Oppression From the KKK to...

Is Sadism Popular With TERFs? A Chat With An Ex-Gendercrit

BY Rani Baker @destroyed4com4t Let’s get this out of the way: deep...

EEOC Commissioner: “Contrary state or local laws provide no defense to an employer that violates Title VII”

Recently in BuzzFeed in the article Feds “Ready” For Transgender Discrimination...

Study: Trans kid’s gender implicit; govt report condemns conversion therapy

A recent study found that the gender identity of trans children...

In Memory of Terri Williams Moore (1941–1976)

A trans historian considers the backwards progress of the way media...

[Updated] Predatory publishers and their dupes

While it’s well and good to call out those who denigrate trans...

The NY Times goes concern trolling

On August 22, 2015 the NY Times ran an article by Richard...

So, someone called you a TERF. Now what?

There are many things possible in the universe. If you are...