The Thai party in Thailand creates a new history by deciding to contest a transgender this year for Prime Minister polls.
Pinit Ngarmpring, a CEO and sports promoter, well known in the world of Thai soccer. Now, under her preferred new name of Pauline Ngarmpring, she’s pursuing a bid to become the country’s first transgender prime minister.
The 52-year-old is one of three candidates put forward by a political party for the post in next month’s general election.
March 24 polling day, she campaigned this week in one of Bangkok’s more infamous nightlife areas.
Many vulnerable or exploited people work in this twilight zone of go-go bars, cheap hotels and massage parlors. It’s exactly the constituency the Mahachon party seeks to represent, and she’s eager to hear their concerns.
The Mahachon party is contesting some 200 seats in the 500-member House of Representatives. About 20 of the candidates are openly LGBT. Pauline joined only last November. Now, as their second-ranked nominee for prime minister, she finds herself a political trailblazer, a unique symbol of the fight for equality.
Many transgender candidates are seeing their contest a new step towards equality, Pauline says that from gender transition she’s made it her mission,to educate society. Her new political role gives her the perfect platform to counter those who still view LGBT rights.
Until three years ago, Pauline was Pinit: a father of two, a reporter turned businessman who became well known by founding a soccer fan association that became influential in Thai sporting circles.
“Nowadays people say, ‘Oh you are transgender? You want to become our prime minister. It’s going to be funny, it is going to be a very strange story,’” she said.
This new decision from Thai party already made some changes in socio-political sphere of Thailand,both opposing and supporting comments are flaunting on large scale.