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Kathoey or katoey (Thai: กะเทย), is a word used in Thailand to describe a trans woman, a person of a third gender, an intersex person, or an effeminate gay man.[1][2] It is most often rendered as "ladyboy" in English. The term can be considered pejorative; It has a meaning similar to the English language 'fairy' or 'queen'.[3]

It has been claimed that in Thai origin myths, kathoey (along with male and female) was one of the three original human sexes/genders,[1] but some dispute this.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Nanda, Serena (7 April 2008). "Sex-Gender Diversity: a cross-cultural perspective". Transgender Asia. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008.
  2. Winter, Sam (4 February 2003). "Research and discussion paper: Language and identity in transgender: gender wars and the case of the Thai kathoey". Transgender Asia. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012.
  3. CPAmedia.com: Thailand's Women of the Second Kind (archive)
  4. Matzner, Andrew (11 November 2002). "On the Question of Origins: Kathoey and Thai Culture". Transgender Asia. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008.