Karaoke is everywhere.college and university students as well as the many unemployed being supported by the family (another strong Lao tradition).
Most will have money enough to buy a couple of drinks. Local families often rely on regular support from relatives living overseas, mainly in the USA; this seems to give many young Vientiane people little incentive to work or even consider looking for jobs.
There are a few public swimming pools apart from those of the better hotels; there are some bowling alleys, numerous fitness centres, cinema complex at Lao ITECC, Hash House Harriers and a few assorted social and sports clubs including rugby.
Parents do not feel shame or hostility toward the child.
These beliefs are still respected and even reinforced under the influence of Buddhism in fact the Buddhist version of the story of creation refers to them: "in the beginning there was man, woman and kathoey." Each gender has its individual role and unique sufferings.
It's very easy to make friends in Lao or elsewhere in Asia. After cosmetic enhancement and the final step of sexual or gender reassignment surgery, they can live as women (although not recognised as such officially by Lao or Thai authorities).
Some trans-sexuals find husbands or permanent partners and live in Europe, where this is more generally acceptable.