The Crying Game - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104036/
*spoiler alert! Actually, the fact this movie appears in a list of ladyboy movies is spoiler enough, anyway.. Not just one of my favourite ladyboy movies but one of my favourite movies of all time. A proper British indie movie and a cult classic, written and directed by auteur filmmaker Neil Jordan. The story follows an IRA volunteer, Fergus, who travels to London to hide from his past and seek out Dil, his ex-hostage’s mistress, only Dil turns out to have a secret (hint, hint).. The movie shocked the nation with its ‘lady surprise’ scene, and I’m sure turned many young men into secret ladyboy lovers..
Beautiful Boxer - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401248/
Beautiful Boxer isn’t just a great movie about ladyboys but this is one of the best Thai movies you’re likely to see.. The film is based on the real life story of Parinya Charoenphol, better known as Toom, one of Bangkok’s revered Muay Thai boxers, AND a ladyboy. This is a fantastic story tracking her story from a young boy who liked to dress in female clothes, to a Muay Thai champion, and through to her sex change operation.
Soldier’s Girl -http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0324013/
Originally a made-for-TV movie, Soldier’s Girl has become a cult classic among the transgendered community, and certainly worthy of mention. It follows the true story of Calpernia Addams, a transsexual night club performer, and her lover, Barry Winchell, a soldier who pays the ultimate price for falling in love. This is a bit of a tear jerker but a very good movie.
A Girl Like Me: the Gwen Araujo story - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0787484/
Another true story, A Girl Like Me tells the story of Eddie Araujo, a young boy who dreams of becoming a girl and does everything he can to make that a reality. It follows the many family and community issues Eddie faces to seek acceptance and finally become Gwen. It’s another true transgendered story laced with heartbreaking drama and tragedy.
Hor taew tak - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0969711/
To lighten the mood somewhat, Hor Taew Tak is a slapstick movie and a rare one at that: it’s a Thai comedy and it’s actually watchable! It tracks the outrageous antics of four aging ladyboys who run an all boy boarding school. As with many Thai movies the story revolves around the spirit world and trying to banish an angry ghost, obviously, but it’s funny in places, especially to those familiar with Thai ladyboys.
Hedwig and the angry inch - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0248845/
A ladyboy movie with attitude! Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows the story of Hedwig, a transgendered girl from Berlin, who ran to the West to be with her G.I. American boyfriend. Now the lead singer in a punk rock band on tour in the U.S., Hedwig recalls her life story by way of a series of concerts.
So what’s your favourite movie about ladyboys? (keep it clean!)
Written by: Moo Yung
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- Feb 26 2016 06:13 PM
- by Moo Yung
One of the best ways to graduate from ladyboy loving newbie to full on certificated trans addict, is to put your porn habits briefly to one side and start educating yourself in the world of ladyboy fact and fiction.
There are several great books on ladyboys and transsexuals, here are a few we recommend:
The Ladyboy Lover by Stephen Leather
‘The last thing Jeremy expected when he moved to Thailand was to fall in love with a ladyboy. But that's what happened. And all went well until he decided that the one thing he needed to create the perfect family was a baby. That's when it all went horribly wrong.’
The Ladyboy lover was written by Stephen Leather, a successful British thriller author who also wrote the epic ‘Private Dancer’, which is consider by many to be the best novel about the Bangkok bar scene. This book, however, is more of a novella, just under 10,000 words and 30 pages in length making it an excellent and easy read, and a recommended introductory book for anyone curious about ladyboys in Thailand.
The Butterfly and the Flame by Dana De Young
‘"There's something you need to know about Emily..." In the year 2404, America is no more. In a land ruled by the oppressive theocracy known as the Dominion of Divinity, being gay is a capital offense, adultery is punished with the lash, women are forbidden to work, and forced marriages are common.’
If you’re into Sci-fi and ladyboys this is the novel for you. The Butterfly and the Flame is a dystopian novel of a corrupt, technologically obscene, repressive future where culture wars have erupted and destroyed much of modern day America. Most interestingly, the story’s protagonist is a male to female transsexual called Emily La Rouche, who has been secretly living as a girl since the age of six, but is about to enter a forced marriage the moment turns sixteen.
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
‘Logan Witherspoon recently discovered that his girlfriend of three years cheated on him. But things start to look up when a new student breezes through the halls of his small-town high school. Sage Hendricks befriends Logan at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. Sage has been homeschooled for a number of years and her parents have forbidden her to date anyone, but she won’t tell Logan why.’
Almost Perfect is a deep and heartfelt story about the difficulties and hardship of a young male-to-female transsexual in America. It’s also an extremely clean book which doesn’t delve into sexual fantasy or lust as many other ladyboy books do, instead exploring the psychological and social aspects of the story, notably done in a fairly easy to relate way.
The Third Sex: Kathoey, Thailand's Ladyboys by Richard Totman
‘Through the lives of three kathoey, male transvestites, this introduction to transgender in Thailand places a cultural, historical, religious, biological, and psychological emphasis on international traditions of sexuality. A fascinating anthropological and sociological exploration, the context of transgender is detailed through the challenges and joys found in Manat, Lek, and Akorn as they travel through the social rites of passage to become kathoeys.’
One of the standout non-fiction books about Thailand’s huge ladyboy population, the book explores the lives of three male-to-female ladyboys. What makes the book such a fascinating read is how it follows three ladyboys with somewhat different views and careers Through a series of interviews the book paints a picture of not only the lives of the three Khatoeys, but examines the position of ladyboys in Thai culture, history, and religion.
Ladyboys: The Secret World of Thailand's Third Gender by Susan Aldous
‘An intimate portrait of Thailand's ladyboys, the men who have chosen to become women. Funny, passionate, angry and provocative, Ladyboys is a no-holds-barred look at the secretive lives of Thailand's transsexual men. Here, they offer intimate details of the lives that they've never publicly revealed. They talk about the choices they've made, their relationships, families, frustrations and hopes.’
Another great non-fiction book about Thai ladyboys, this one is perhaps more interesting in the fact that the narrator of this collection tales is a female, giving perhaps a more unique and alternative perception, compared to the many ladyboy related books authored by males. The book actually tells the stories of several Thai ladyboys, coming from quite different backgrounds and career paths, notably including a sex worker, cabaret performer, entrepreneur, and a Muay Thai boxing champion.
Written by: Moo Yung
- Jan 12 2016 01:56 AM
- by Moo Yung