The India Supreme Court recognizes a third gender.
If you remember last year their Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that struck down Section 377 of the nation’s penal code, which prohibits activities described as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.” But the court did the other day recognize transgender as a third sex.
VOA NewsApril 15, 2014India'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.All official documents will now be required to have a category marked transgender, in addition to male and female.
If this a good or bad ruling? It gives trans-people many rights such as the welfare programs but at the same time it singles us out.
What do you think; would you like to be identified as a third sex? I know that I wouldn’t.