Gigi felt like a girl since she was six. Her parents weren't happy at first but she was a "very good girl", so now they're ok about having another daughter. When she was eighteen she had her own beauty shop and was well known in the Lanna region where she grew up. Recently she's become politically active by starting an organization called "Ladyfake Lanna" (to distinguish it from "Ladyboy"!) The purpose of the organization is to support each other while working to improve the lives of ladyboys.Noon lives in Bangkok, in her grandparents' house. They share it with her mother, her sister, sister's boyfriend, brother, brother's girlfriend, and two little dogs. Noon is twenty-eight and although she had breast augmentation and sexual reas- signment surgery at nineteen, her family still refers to her as "him." When they see her bra hanging on the clothesline, they think of it as an accessory rather than a real bra. Her sister joked that if she has a son she won't let Noon care for him lest he become a ladyboy too. When Noon had a boyfriend, the family still saw them as two men. There was no sad- ness or anger in Noon's voice when she said her family doesn't see her as a woman. She feels they are a loving and supportive family anyway.After her transition, Noon worked in a ladyboy cabaret similar to Mambo and entered beauty contests for ladyboys. Now she's "too old." She says that it's very hard for ladyboys to get work because they can't change their birth certificates and so, can never pass. Ladyboys aren't allowed to be monks or nuns, or to run for political office or work for the government. Noon keeps taking courses with the hope of getting better jobs. So far, she has worked as a tour guide, a waitress, and a dancer, but couldn't get a job as an accountant even though her mother works as one and tried to use her influence.
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