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New book delves into transgender life

Update: October, 26/2013 - 09:46

HCM CITY (VNS)— The deepest corners of the lives of Vietnamese transgender people have been revealed in a book released in HCM City on Thursday.

Entitled In My Eyes, the book features hundreds of stories unveiled by "insiders," who overcame traditional taboos and social opinions to become "new" people and to live with the nature of their own personalities.

Bearing discrimination from society, even from their own families, these transgenders seem to be banned from job and education opportunities. To earn a living, many transgenders have chosen to be singers and entertainers, prostitutes, or even become involved in criminal activities.

According to a survey of 223 Vietnamese transgenders conducted by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE), there only 78 have stable jobs.

The book In My Eyes presents a message: "Exerting themselves is not enough, transgenders need to receive understanding, respect and support from society. They also need to receive equality in accessing job opportunities." . — VNS

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