Engaging with Society

  • Joseph N. GohEmail author
Part of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series (GSCA)


This chapter scrutinises the interactions of Malaysian trans men with other members of society as well as their struggles with disclosures of gender identity. An argument is made that engagements with family, friends and colleagues both disrupt and facilitate the becomings of trans men. In many instances, they condition the decisions made by trans men to conceal or disclose their gender identities. Societal interactions also frequently compel trans men to operate in stealth in order to avoid exposing the existence of a female history. A section of this chapter is devoted to a discussion on the public toilet as a site of oppression and empowerment.


Bathroom problem Closet Coming out Stealth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and Social SciencesMonash University MalaysiaBandar Sunway, SelangorMalaysia

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