New sex change regulations set to take effect – By Pongphon Sarnsamak – The Nation

The council moved recently to strictly control sexchange operations and require that transgender people consult a psychiatrist, live as a woman for a year and receive hormone therapy before being such an operation is allowed.

For Areeya the new rules are an inconvenience. “I have already spent my whole life as a woman – since I was a little boy – and why [do] I have to live as a woman for another year to undergo sex change surgery?” she said.