By David Stout
June 10, 2015

Thailand’s prestigious Bangkok University launched a new policy this week that will allow transgender students to wear the uniform of their choosing, according to the institution’s Facebook page.

The guidelines were first published by the School of Fine and Applied Arts and were later endorsed by the university as a whole. It is common for university students in Thailand to wear uniforms.

มหาวิทยาลัยกรุงเทพ เปิดกว้างสำหรับนักศึกษาทุกเพศ โดยเฉพาะเพศทางเลือกครับCr. คณะศิลปกรรมศาสตร์

Posted by Bangkok University on Sunday, June 7, 2015

Nok Yollada, president of the Transgender Female Association of Thailand, was “glad to hear that this university lets the students choose the uniform which fits their desire and their gender,” according to the BBC.

Transgender students across the country commonly mix and match elements from official uniforms to align with their chosen gender or stage of transition. However, Bangkok University is among the first institutions to formalize a transgender dress code.

Transwomen (sometimes known as “Ladyboys”) have a high profile in Thai society, especially in the entertainment field.

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