Transgender Identity Around the World: Singapore

Thousands of people gathered at a park for the annual Pink Dot gay pride event on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Singapore. Pink Dot is an annual event held to raise awareness of the impact of the anti-gay law and other gay rights issues in Singapore. The Singapore Police Force have enforced new regulations which have also banned foreign companies from funding the annual event held in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Foreigners were also not allowed to participate in the event which was only opened to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
Thousands of people gathered at a park for the annual Pink Dot gay pride event on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Singapore. Pink Dot is an annual event held to raise awareness of the impact of the anti-gay law and other gay rights issues in Singapore. The Singapore Police Force have enforced new regulations which have also banned foreign companies from funding the annual event held in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Foreigners were also not allowed to participate in the event which was only opened to Singapore citizens and permanent residents. Wong Maye-E / AP Photo
Thousands of people gathered at a park for the annual Pink Dot gay pride event on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Singapore. Pink Dot is an annual event held to raise awareness of the impact of the anti-gay law and other gay rights issues in Singapore. The Singapore Police Force have enforced new regulations which have also banned foreign companies from funding the annual event held in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Foreigners were also not allowed to participate in the event which was only opened to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
Thousands of people gathered at a park for the annual Pink Dot gay pride event on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Singapore. Pink Dot is an annual event held to raise awareness of the impact of the anti-gay law and other gay rights issues in Singapore. The Singapore Police Force have enforced new regulations which have also banned foreign companies from funding the annual event held in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Foreigners were also not allowed to participate in the event which was only opened to Singapore citizens and permanent residents. Wong Maye-E / AP Photo

Transgender Identity Around the World: Singapore

This is the second installment on our series about transgender identity around the world, produced and hosted by Worldview production assistant Anna Waters.In Singapore, like in many other parts of the world, employment discrimination against openly transgender individuals often pushes them into industries including sex work. Sherry Sherqueshaa, a transgender rights activist and former sex worker in Singapore, joins us to discuss her experiences as a transgender woman in her country. Sherry is one of the most visible trans women in Singaporean media, and she speaks with us about how coming out as trans impacted her relationships with family, friends, employment, and other parts of her life. Sherry works for Project X, a group that advocates for the rights of transgender people and sex workers in Singapore and has collaborated with Yale Law School on research into abuses against trans women and sex workers.