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MaryMary

Travelling, need your input

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MaryMary

I'm a 37 y/o trans woman, all my papers are "F", I also had GRS. I will travel to south asia with my sister in the near future and doing a research on what to expect if someone discover i'm trans. Do anyone here have an input on south asia and travelling as a trans*? Is there any country to avoid? Is there any country to go to? Do someone have any tips or warnings for me?

 

thank you :)

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RithiaAllen

I personally would avoid any of the communist Asian countries but Japan and South Korea are fine. I have no experience with the other countries.

 

I also haven’t been to Korea either, but on another forum there is a trans woman from there that is very happy.

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MaryMary

I've read a lot about china and I think I would be ok because my passport is female and I have the surgery so a lot of confusion is avoided (especially concerning the papers vs appearance). I've read that there's a trans celebrity there and that the concept of transgender woman is not completely foreign to them in the worst case. I think that as a long as I am discrete they will be far more focused on the color of my skin then the fact I am transgender. That what I say with a grain of salt, that's just what I've read so far. I will not go to north korea so not even looking. :P

 

thanks for your response. I would love to visit south korea, it looks very nice.

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RithiaAllen

Just keep in mind China enables North Korea. Be careful.

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Kirsten

Many Asian countries have deep roots in the ladyboy culture. I would think that area of the world would be more accepting than many others.  Thailand for instance or the Philippines I think too. But you need to be careful no matter who you are or where you go these days. The world is a dangerous place. 

Have fun on your trip! Hope we get to see some pics! 😁

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MaryMary

I will probably bring back pics yeah :) I will be carefull that's for sure ;)

the trip will still be risky by nature since it's a "backpack trip"

 

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Jani

From all that I've read you shouldn't have much trouble as your documents are in order and many of the cultures there are accepting or ambivalent.  On the other hand, as a fair skinned westerner you will probably stand out for that if not your height.  

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MaryMary

me and my sister are tall. Fair skinned, red hair woman... yes, I will stand out. I'Ve read a text by a trans woman that I found cool. It said : "it was liberating to attract attention for completely other things then being trans" lol

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MaryMary

for me to go there is like seeing a polar bear in the jungle.

I will understand them, lol

My skin never get darker with sun so I will attract attention everywhere

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Jani

Great analogy!   I think you will do well and enjoy the temporary notoriety!  

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Carolyn Marie

I've traveled extensively in the island of Luzon in the Philippines and had no problems.  Other islands in that country, particularly Mindanao and other mostly Muslim areas should be avoided, if for no other reason than they are dangerous for Westerners.

 

I've heard that while Japan is modern, they are not familiar with trans folk. Since you have had GCS you shouldn't have problems, but I would still avoid the public baths out of an abundance of caution.  If they discovered you're not a natal female, you could face serious difficulties.

 

Carolyn Marie

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KymmieL

Mary, If I were you. I wouldn't worry about it. being you and all your paperwork signify Female. Only way to really know you are trans is medically.

 

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