- Thai model Rachaya Noppakaroon, who is transgender, said she wasinterrogated for hours at the Dubai airport because her passport stated that she was “male.”
- In a tearful Facebook post on March 16, Noppakaroom detailed a complete timeline of what happened from the moment she arrived in Dubai to when she was forced to return to Thailand.
- “A nightmare while my eyes are open,” she wrote. “We were so determined to perform in Dubai.”
- According to the Criminal Code of Dubai, it is illegal to be transgender or homosexual, and punishable by law with up to 14 years of imprisonment and a fine of approximately $2,700.
- Noppakaroon, who was the 2014 Miss Tiffany’s pageant first runner-up, was attempting to travel to Dubai for a Muay Thai demonstration at the World Expo.
Model Rachaya Noppakaroon detailed on her Facebook the hours of interrogation over her gender she underwent by Dubai’s immigration office.
Thai model Rachaya Noppakaroon, who is also transgender, said she was interrogated for hours at the Dubai airport because her passport stated that she was “male.” Despite having the appropriate paperwork, she was ultimately denied entry and forced to return to Thailand just 19 hours after she arrived.
China’s first transgender clinic that offers help to children and adolescents in their transition through medical and psychological means has recently opened in Shanghai.
A bridge: The clinic, which opened its doors at the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, aims to act as a bridge that connects transgender children, parents, doctors and other social groups, according to Global Times.
Jewish Chinese American artist, activist, actor and model Chella Man is celebrating another milestone as the first transmasculine face of YSL Beauty.
Celebrating scars: In a campaign video for the brand, the 22-year-old deaf, genderqueer artist celebrates his scars from gender confirmation surgery. He says, “My scars are radiant, they show where I’ve been.”
Old tweets from a transgender activist who led the Netflix walkout following the Dave Chapelle comedy special “The Closer” have gone viral for expressing racist, anti-Asian sentiments.
Background: The Netflix special drew heavy criticism for Chapelle’s allegedly transphobic comments.
HBO Max’s upcoming “Batgirl” movie is currently looking to cast a trans Asian American woman for a supporting role.
A Malaysian transgender woman facing a blasphemy charge for “cross-dressing” during a religious event has been granted asylum.
Finding haven: Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman, 36, has found refuge in Australia after fleeing persecution from a local sharia court in Malaysia, the South China Morning Post reported.
South Korean authorities have charged fifteen individuals with covering up in alleged sexual abuse case of Air Force officer Byun Hee-soo, South Korea’s first transgender soldier.
An avoidable death: Byun, who was forced to quit the Air Force in 2020 following a gender reassignment surgery, took her own life earlier this year, reported the BBC.
Kataluna Enriquez is now set to become the first transgender woman to compete for the Miss USA title in November.
Making history: The 27-year-old contestant competed against 21 candidates for the Miss Nevada USA title at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa in Las Vegas on Sunday, reported Rappler.
Japanese soccer player Kumi Yokoyama’s announcement that they are transgender has earned praise and commendation from President Joe Biden.
Coming out proud: The 27-year-old forward, who plays for the Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League, came out as a transgender man on June 19 via a YouTube video.
Byun Hee-soo, South Korea’s first transgender soldier who was forcibly discharged from service over a year ago, has been found dead.
Sudden death: The 23-year-old former South Korean soldier was found dead in her home on Wednesday at 5:49 p.m., according to Yonhap News.
A finalist at this year’s Miss Universe Nepal is making history whether or not she takes home the crown on Wednesday night.
A transgender woman in the Philippines was subjected to verbal and physical abuse by a self-professed “born again Christian” because of her sexual orientation and gender identity.
Facing discrimination: Alexis Hart Garcia shared two videos of a middle-aged woman identified as “Aling Susan,” who is shown insulting and threatening her in public.