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India changes its gender definition

  • A major Supreme Court in India is changing the way gender is defined in the country and transgender people are officially being considered a third gender. 

    "Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue," a justice said. "Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights."

    The court mentioned that these people should have access to every program and support available to men and women. 

    "All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender.' This verdict has come as a great relief for all of us. Today I am proud to be Indian," transgender activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathy said. The AP notes that nearly 3M Indian citizens identify themselves as transgender. 

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/15/india-now-recognizes-transgender-citizens-as-third-gender/?tid=hp_mm&hpid=z3

    Tagged as: india gender, india transgender, india laws, world news