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ADDED ON: 06/17/2018

India: A Basic Human Rights Issue

06/17/2018 | The Statesman

Although discrimination against transgenders is prevalent in India, the scene is slowly evolving as government is recognising them and providing them with identification documents. The word “transgender” is an umbrella term used to describe people who identify with a different gender than the one assigned to them by birth. In addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), this term also includes people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are intersex, genderqueer or non-binary, including bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender). Being transgender is independent of sexual orientation as they may be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, or may choose not to define their sexuality. The Supreme Court of India on 15 April 2014 recognised a third gender that is neither male nor female, stating “Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue.”

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