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NONG ROSE

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CHASING SHADOWS by NATE KOHRS ft HONEYBEAR

Nong Rose Baan Charoensuk is a champion Thai boxer who has racked up more than 150 wins, 30 of which have been knockouts. Rose is also transgender. Born Somros Polchareon, Rose identified as a woman at a young age. She may look different than her male competitors in the ring, wearing a sports bra, red lipstick, and braids. But Rose is a formidable Muay Thai boxer who chose to fight men after her transformation.

Many transgender people feel they are treated as second-class citizens. There is also a stigma against transgender boxers in Thailand, opponents in rural towns often refuse to fight Rose. In June 2017 she became the first transgender boxer to fight in the world famous Rajadamnern Stadium.

She was an immediate crowd favourite, garnering two consecutive wins. "Being a transgender doesn't mean that we're weak," she said. "We can achieve anything as well."