Tanwarin Sukkhapisit

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Tanwarin Sukkhapisit
ธัญญ์วาริน สุขะพิสิษฐ์
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Tanwarin in 2019
Personal details
Born (1973-10-23) October 23, 1973 (age 48)
Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand
Political partyMove Forward Party[1]
Other political
Future Forward Party (2018–2020)

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit (Thai: ธัญญ์วาริน สุขะพิสิษฐ์, RTGSThanwarin Sukkhaphisit, Thai pronunciation: [tʰān.wāː.rīn sùk.kʰà.pʰí.sìt]) is a Thai filmmaker and politician. In the 2019 Thai general election, they were elected to the Thai parliament representing the Future Forward Party. Tanwarin is a kathoey, and became the first ever openly transgender member of parliament in Thailand's House of Representatives.[2][3][4][5][6]


Tanwarin was born October 23, 1973 in the Nakhon Ratchasima Province. After working as an English teacher, Tanwarin entered the entertainment industry as a writer and director.

Removal from office[edit]

In October 2020, the Constitutional Court of Thailand removed Tanwarin from power, finding them guilty of rules barring lawmakers from owning stock in media companies.[7] Tanwarin's removal has been tied to a broader crackdown on Thailand's pro-democracy movement,[8] with one commentator in the Bangkok Post writing that they were "unjustly removed" in a "huge blow to the Thai LGBTI community".[9]


  1. ^ "Constitutional Court disqualifies Move Forward Party MP over media shares". Prachatai English. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  2. ^ Yee, Tan Hui (Mar 30, 2019). "I am intelligent, capable, and a katoey: Thailand's first transgender MP". The Straits Times.
  3. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (April 8, 2019). "'I am not here to entertain': meet Thailand's first transgender MP". The Guardian. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  4. ^ Chandran, Rina (2019-04-17). "From movies to marriage, first Thai transgender MP wants change". Reuters. Thomson Reuters Foundation. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  5. ^ Lotto Perslo, Sofia (2019-03-25). "Thailand elects first transgender MP Tanwarin Sukkhapisit". www.pinknews.co.uk.
  6. ^ Boonlert, Thana (2019-04-01). "The LGBT advocate set to be an MP". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  7. ^ Thanthong-Knight, Randy (October 28, 2020). "Thai Court Disqualifies Opposition Lawmaker in Media Shares Case". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on November 5, 2020.
  8. ^ "Thailand's first transgender MP dismissed from parliament". AFP via The Straits Times. October 28, 2020.
  9. ^ Mahavongtrakul, Melalin (November 30, 2020). "Light flickers in US, fades in Thailand". Bangkok Post.

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