India: Supreme Court Recognizes Transgender Citizens as Third Gender

Written by scott on April 15th, 2014

Transgender FlagIn a surprising turn of events, the same Supreme Court that upheld a ban on gay sex has now recognized being transgender as a third gender.

Gay Star News reports:

India’s highest court has ruled that transgender individuals should be allowed to designate themselves in a third gender category other than male or female in a historic legal ruling today. Indian culture has traditionally recognized transgender individuals as ‘hijras’ and many have traditionally viewed themselves as a third gender separate to male or female. The Supreme Court of India has instructed the Indian Government to allow transgender Indians to register as such in official documents and also to recognize them as a class of people who are economically and socially discriminated against so that they are given preferential treatment when seeking work and education.

It’s a giant and welcome step forward for India’s transgender population.

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