Somros “Rose” Pholjaroen, 19, jumps into the ring. Wearing full makeup and a feminine top, she is ready to fight

Rose is a transgender Muay Thai fighter.

Rose works out with her father at the small gym in front of her home, in a photo dated Sept. 14, 2015

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Since the age of 8, Rose has competed in over 70 competitions. She competes in the men’s category at 150 lbs. Rose is one of only a few kathoey fighters in ThailandKathoey (กะเทย) is the Thai term for a transgender person.

Transgender people are generally accepted in Thailand. The draft for Thailand’s new constitution could recognize a third gender, which would allow individuals the right to not have to identify with the sex assigned to them at birth. Read more…

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