third gender

Many believe the move doesn't go far enough.
Incredible India, in all its marvelous contradictions, has surprised us all by hiring its first transgender news anchor, Padmini Prakash.
Fluid understanding of gender can be seen in many cultures around the world. In Native American cultures, people who do not
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Khawaja saras are also denied marriage rights, and crimes against them are often ignored. Liaqat Baloch, secretary general
"There are many perspectives to each story, and... photography should illuminate a story, not define it," she adds. But then
When photographer Jill Peters first traveled to India in 2007, she was intrigued by what she at first believed to be male
- Enduring neglect and bias - "It is only when they hear what I have to say and see me in person that they can get past the
India has created a third gender status for transgender citizens.
"Legal documents in the United States only recognize 'male' and 'female' as genders," the petition notes, "leaving anyone
Chaleunphone wasn't diagnosed as intersex until he was a toddler. While he underwent multiple tests, surgeries, and drug
This haven has caught the attention of muxes outside of the indigenous communities. Alex Hernandez who immigrated to the
In a society still divided by caste and ethnic identity, a discourse on sexual identity seems to be less of a priority. Despite official recognition and a lenient social attitude, family pressure and social expectations still prevent most people from coming out.
For 26 years, he lived as a man. But in 2008, Krishna Thapa, now known as Jyoti, finally had the courage to live as who he feels: as a woman.
"I feel safe now," says Om, a 24-year-old who identifies as third-gender, as he walks across Bageshwori Park in Nepalgunj to buy coconut milk. Om is back in the park for a special occasion: the opening of Nepal's first gender-inclusive public toilet.
The piecemeal implementation of the third-gender category tells the story both of the relentless activism on the ground and of the politics of sexuality and gender rights in contemporary Nepal.
Nepal, with its protected legal status for third-gender citizens, and currently in a disaster preparedness phase awaiting an earthquake, provides a compelling case study for how gender-appropriate ID can protect citizens in emergency situations.
Many intersex people don't want to be part of the "gay marriage" debate. But the sooner their reality can shape a more constructive dialogue, the sooner we can build a world where intersex people are afforded the respect and dignity they deserve.