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PC Air To Employ 'Third-Gendered' Flight Attendants

LadyboyattendantsPC Airways is about to become the first Thai airline to employ "ladyboys" as flight attendants. From The Bangkok Post:

PC Air is due to commence its maiden commercial service, a charter flight for a tour group from Bangkok to Vientiane on Dec 24, and plans to inaugurate flights to two Chinese cities on a charter basis on Jan 23 next year.

The launch comes after a nine-month delay, which company reps said was occasioned by a desire to cash in on the glut of people traveling during the holiday season, rather than any financial shortfall. (To demonstrate his confidence in the airline's prospects, PC Air's sole proprietor, Peter Chan, elected not to lease the company's first airplane, an Airbus 310-222, and instead bought it outright for 1 billion Thai baht.)

PC Air offered a demo flight last week for members of the media. Aboard were the airline's four "ladyboy" flight attendants, pictured above. (Photo courtesy of Boonsong Kositchotethana. And no -- "ladyboy" is not at all an un-PC term in Thailand.)

In the coming years, PC Air hopes to expand service to Hong Kong, China, South Korea, and Japan, and Mr. Chan promises to continue hiring third-gendered flight attendants. The Post again:

"It's our policy to promote equality," he said.

Among [the airline's] first batch of 30 cabin attendants are four ladyboys, 19 females and seven males, all of whom are officially certified. One of the ladyboys is Thanyarat Chirapatpakorn (second from right in the photo), who was crowned Miss Tiffany Universe 2007 and is best known as a model and soap opera actress who uses the name "Nong Film".


Watch: Transgender 'Thailand's Got Talent' Contestant Shocks Judges and Audience with Surprise Vocal

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Beautiful from the beginning, but the magic really begins at (1:04).

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News: Lady GaGa Hard On The Eyes, DOJ vs. AZ, Angle's No Angel, Sorry Levi

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Road These cartoon characters are totally gay.

20100706_gagaeyes_560x375 Road Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance" video has quite a reach—it has apparently sparked a trend to use circle contacts, colored lenses to make irises look huge. Problem? They're "dangerous and illegal." Meanwhile, she just beat President Obama to the 10 million mark on Facebook.

Road The Department of Justice is suing the state of Arizona over its immigration law to nip a nationwide "patchwork" of policies in the bud.

Road I bet Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle is not thrilled to be the subject of the site Sharron Angle's Underground Bunker,filled with her nutty quotes on everything from health care to Scientology.

Road Generation X writer/visual artist Douglas Coupland is now designing clothes and furniture for Roots Canada.

Ben_browder_200811_10_1 Road Sci-fi guy Ben Browder is a hunk of the day.

Road Levi Johnston has abjectly apologized to the Palins for unkind remarks he's made in the past. "To the Palin family in general and to Sarah Palin in particular, please accept my regrets and forgive my youthful indiscretion. I hope one day to restore your trust." Does Playgirl have a return policy?

Road President Obama preps to recess-appoint Dr. Donald Berwick to oversee Medicare and Medicaid to bypass Republican objections.

Road Climategate, not global warming, was a hoax. Full report vindicates scientists.

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Road Hot mess in a hot dress Lindsay Lohan will do jail time. Soon.

Road Teen Vogue weighs in on the gay best friend trend: "No one deserves to be treated like a passing fad or arm candy. If you are lucky enough to have a GBF in your life, enjoy the lovefest but remember to fight for his rights to be treated equally in our society."

Road Acclaimed Russian pianist/conductor Mikhail Vasillievich Pletnev charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in Thailand; says the charges are a "misunderstanding."

Road Same-sex marriages "booming" in Mexico City.


Openly Gay Thai Director Takes Top Prize at Cannes Film Fest

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Openly gay director Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Palme D'Or at Cannes for his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

The NYT reports: "On accepting the award Mr. Weerasethakul (who goes by Joe) said in English that 'this is like another world for me,' and noted that 'Uncle Boonmee' is the first Thai film to win the Palme. 'I would really like to kiss all of you,' he said to the jury, telling Mr. Burton that he liked his hairstyle. Mr. Weerasethakul thanked 'all the spirits and ghosts in Thailand,' who made it 'possible for me to be here.'"

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'Condom Claus' is Bringing Safe Sex for Christmas

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In Thailand, and in Bill Donohue's nightmares.


AIDS Vaccine Yields Limited Protective Effect for First Time

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Success with an AIDS vaccine is giving researchers some hope:



"An experiment in Thailand involving 16,000 men and women has demonstrated for the first time a small but measurable protective effect of an AIDS vaccine. The vaccine, a complicated mixture of six 'prime' and 'booster' shots, reduced a person's risk of becoming infected by about one-third compared to people getting placebo injections. The results were barely significant on statistical grounds, perplexing for scientific reasons and unanticipated by most researchers. Nevertheless, the first positive results for an AIDS vaccine after two decades of experimentation was being called a milestone."

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The NYT reports: "Results of the trial of the vaccine, known as RV 144, were released at 2 a.m. Eastern time Thursday in Thailand by the partners that ran the trial, by far the largest of an AIDS vaccine: the United States Army, the Thai Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Fauci’s institute, and the patent-holders in the two parts of the vaccine, Sanofi-Pasteur and Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases. Col. Jerome H. Kim, a physician who is manager of the army’s H.I.V. vaccine program, said half the 16,402 volunteers were given six doses of two vaccines in 2006 and half were given placebos. They then got regular tests for the AIDS virus for three years. Of those who got placebos, 74 became infected, while only 51 of those who got the vaccines did. Although the difference was small, Dr. Kim said it was statistically significant and meant the vaccine was 31.2 percent effective. Dr. Fauci said that scientists would seldom consider licensing a vaccine less than 70 or 80 percent effective, but he added, 'If you have a product that’s even a little bit protective, you want to look at the blood samples and figure out what particular response was effective and direct research from there.'"

Said Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC, the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition: "This is a hugely exciting and, frankly, unexpected result. It changes our thinking in ways we hadn’t anticipated. We often talk about whether a vaccine is even possible. This is not the vaccine that ends the epidemic and says, ‘O.K., let’s move on to something else.’ But it’s a fabulous new step that takes us in a new direction."

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