Thai Buddhist temples now offer courses in "maleness" for Thai kathoey "ladyboy" gays. In Thailand, a kathoey is a male-to-female transgender individual or an effeminate gay male.
According to reports, Thailand has the largest transsexual population and, though, it is generally claimed that traditional Thai society is tolerant of transgenderism, there is significant evidence that in Thai society transgender identity comes with a degree of social stigma.
Kathoeys who wish to learn how to "bring out their inner man" may enroll in Buddhist temples to train to augment their masculinity. In the temples, the pupils are subjected to strict rules of daily living designed to make them unlearn their "girlish" habits.
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