I Now Pronounce You

Marriage, gender recognition and the transgender spouse Dear Caroline and Antoine, I am both French and Vietnamese. I was born a boy but as I always considered myself a girl, I had several sex reassignment surgeries to make my physical appearance and sexual characteristics match my identified gender. In France I managed to legally change … Read more

Historic Progress for Vietnam’s LGBT Community

Until recently the LGBT community in Vietnam was marginalized, but changes in attitude in the legal and public spheres are coming. From Vietnam’s first gay parade in Hanoi in 2012 to an openly transgender contestant on Vietnam Idol, the country is becoming more tolerant. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the population is young—more than half … Read more

My life as a transgender funeral performer

Call me Mimi, Mimi as in Mimi Doraemi, the robotic cat in the Japanese anime series. I was born a man, but now I am a woman by choice. My work as a transgender funeral performer is… to be honest, even to this day I’m not quite sure whether it was more by chance or by sheer necessity. Nevertheless, this … Read more