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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Although Supreme Court recognition has brought little immediate benefit to the khawaja saras, it has catalyzed several initiatives
Bangladeshi photographer Shahria Sharmin grew up believing that Hijras -- individuals who were designated male at birth but
"My intention was simply to portray them as the subjects of beauty and grace they so desperately strive to be, as if their
Despite the challenges she faces, Kannamma said she found her status as an independent candidate, without family, had won
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
It wasn't until Chaleunphone was in high school that he accidentally discovered he was intersex. Guest Nicky Chaleunphone
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.