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Nepal to Officially Recognize “Third Gender” Citizens

May 25th, 2012 Joseph Pedro

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Nepal is continuing to make advancements for its transgender community. The latest news is that transgender citizens (or third gender as they are often referred to in Nepal) will be allowed to choose their gender on official government certificates. This means, the government will allow a third gender, “other,” on citizenship identification cards. Many in the transgender community in Nepal felt that their appearance and gender did not match. “Our community feels we are finally being granted an identity by the state, and my friends have told me they feel proud about it,” said Babu Pant, Nepal’s first openly gay lawmaker who is also the president of the Blue Diamond Society, an advocate for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people. [NYDN]

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