Living Gay: A Perspective from Nepal (Part 1)

07/19/2012 06:39 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

For 26 years, he lived as a man.

But in 2008, Krishna Thapa, now known as Jyoti, finally had the courage to live as who he feels: as a woman.

Thapa, now 30, is a transgender woman who identifies herself as third gender, who do not identify themselves as male or female, or who chooses a different gender identity to what they were assigned during birth.

An LGBTI activist now, Thapa advocated about the subject starting from her family and then her community.

Thapa says she is lucky to be accepted for who she is.

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Third Gender In Nepal

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