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What happened to Thailand's vaunted tolerance?

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During the boozy holiday season, between drinking bouts, I came across a disturbing post concerning how a famous Thonglor watering hole refused entry to a pretty transgendered person on the grounds that their new policy wouldn't allow any transgender women to receive the joy of overpriced drinks, inane music and shrieking boozehounds. 

After mulling over this bit of information that I've checked with a trustworthy source, a good friend of mine called and informed me that most clubs on Pattaya's nasty walking street now ban transsexuals and transvestites. My friend would know because he often dresses in women's clothes.

This is 2014, I don't think there's any point harping on about how wrong it is to openly forbid anyone _ no matter how "freaky" society deems them to be _ from entering a bar because of their sexual orientation or fashion sense. Billed as one of the most sexually open-minded countries in the world _ a semi-fact that I am mighty proud of _ as well as the most hypocritical at that, Thailand has always been associated with ladyboys and all that The Hangover Part II BS, and I honestly am not shamed about living in this diverse country in every which way.

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