Perceptions of Gender and Sexual Minorities in Rural Thailand
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This research examines perceptions of gender and sexual minorities in a community in rural Thailand and considers to what degree society's perceptions of gender and sexual minorities are influential in their self-identification and the potential impact this has on the social space available to gender and sexual minorities. To do so, this thesis triangulates the experiences related by adult gender and sexual minorities with the understandings and perceptions of students and teachers. This thesis investigates how individuals of gender and sexual minority groups are valued and placed within society, assesses students' and teachers' understanding of how gender/sexual identity is defined and categorized, and considers the importance of social recognition in how gender and sexual minorities perceive themselves, express their identities, and envision their futures.