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Thailand to recognise

Thailand to recognise "third gender" in new constitution: panel

Thailand's constitution will include the term "third gender" for the first time, a member of a panel drafting a new charter said on Thursday, in a move to empower transgender and gay communities and ensure them fairer legal treatment. Thailand has a large gay community, but remains largely conservative, although homosexual, transgender and transsexual...

'Fix society,' transgender teen writes before suicide

'Fix society,' transgender teen writes before suicide

The first time Abby Jones talked to Leelah Alcorn, it was summer, when Alcorn had just taken a new job as a caricaturist at an Ohio amusement park. That day, Jones didn’t notice the sadness. She didn’t see the confusion — or the pain that she would come to recognize in Alcorn’s pale...


Advancement of transgender's rights

Advancement of transgender's rights

THE term “third gender” describes individuals who are categorised as neither man nor woman. Although nothing seems more natural to us than those human beings who are divided into two genders, masculine and feminine. However, the world is slowly moving towards the formal recognition of the existence of a third gender. As reported...

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Rights discourse of Hijras

Rights discourse of <i>Hijras</i>

Hijras, who are neither male nor female, is a community of Bangladesh. This is regretful to mention that unlike other majority groups, Hijras have no socio-legal recognition and hence they are not subjects of any social benefits and human rights discourse offering rights to any particular group though the Government of Bangladesh recently recognised them as a separate gender. However, none of historical, social or, biological arguments deny their vey humanity in essence.  If this premise has epistemological and factual truth that they are human, there should not be any legitimacy of denying them legal recognition as person and their natural rights. Factually, it seems almost inevitable that the Hijras...

Transgenders now ‘3rd gender’ in India

Transgenders now ‘3rd gender’ in India

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India today created the "Third Gender" status for Hijras or transgenders, reports Times of India. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender. The SC asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward. The apex court said that transgenders will be allowed admission in educational institutions and given employment on the basis that they belonged to the third gender category. The SC said absence of law recognizing hijras as third gender could not be continued as a ground to discriminate them in availing equal opportunities in education and employment. This is for the first time that the third gender...

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