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India’s Supreme Court Recognizes Transgenders As Third Gender

News outlets report on a landmark ruling by India’s Supreme Court recognizing transgenders as a third gender.

Times of India: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’
“In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday created the ‘third gender’ status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender…” (Mahapatra, 4/15).

VOA News: India Supreme Court Recognizes Transgenders as Third Party
“India’s Supreme Court has granted legal recognition to transgender people, recognizing them as a third gender deserving of equal rights. The landmark ruling Tuesday directs federal and state governments to include qualifying transgender people in welfare programs for the poor…” (4/15).

Washington Post: India recognizes a third gender, but homosexuality is still a crime
“Four months after India’s Supreme Court maintained that homosexuality was a crime, its judges gave a landmark ruling Tuesday saying that the people of a third gender, neither male nor female, are now legally recognized and must have equal rights to education, jobs and driving licenses…” (Lakshmi, 4/15).