Supreme Court of India recognizes transgenders as 'third gender'
April 15, 2014 3:34 AM Subscribe
The Supreme Court of India directed the Indian Government to include a new gender category to include people who don't identify as the traditional male or female. My head spins as I write this. A combination of being woken up suddenly from heavy sleep and a sudden jerk of pleasant shock has left my head spinning. I am humming some sweet songs in celebration! Hurray!Supreme Court ruling grants transgender recognition and OBC status* in India.
* A particularly Indian form of affirmative action providing reserved seats and quotas in jobs and schools among other benefits.
Previously on Metafilter about South Asia's hijras
Note: This ruling does not just apply to the traditional hijra community but also to anyone who chooses their gender.
The court noted that it was the right of every human being to choose their gender while granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female.
“The spirit of the (Indian) Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender,” the court said in its order.
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