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Third Gender

Despite National Recognition, Discrimination Against Pakistan's Third Gender Is Rampant

Religion News Service | Yasir Habib Khan | Posted 06.09.2015 | Gay Voices

LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) Saima Butt witnessed an acid attack in February 2014 that left the victim scarred and writhing in pain. One onlooker said the a...

Spectacular Black-And-White Portraits Shed Light On Bangladesh's Third Gender

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.22.2014 | Arts

“I feel like a mermaid. My body tells me that I am a man but my soul tells me that I am a woman. I am like a flower, a flower that is made of paper....

Outside Of The Binary: Exploring India's Third Gender

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

When photographer Jill Peters first traveled to India in 2007, she was intrigued by what she at first believed to be male cross-dressers making their ...

How This Transgender Political Hopeful Plans To Capitalize On 'Milestone' Ruling

Agence France Presse | Divya Meenakshi Arjun | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices

With a tight budget and a humble autorickshaw, a pioneering Indian transgender is campaigning in her southern hometown for a seat in parliament, just ...

Will The US Finally Recognize Non-Binary Genders?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

A petition is making its rounds on the Internet that calls on politicians to legally recognize individuals whose bodies and experiences fall outside o...

WATCH: Boy Discovered He Was Intersex From School Physical

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.30.2013 | Gay Voices

Germany will soon be the first European country to recognize babies born with ambiguous genitalia as a third gender, allowing parents to choose a baby...

WATCH: Muxes, A Third Gender Stands Proud In Mexico

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

In Oaxaca, one of the southernmost states of Mexico, the indigenous Zapotec people have embraced a third gender within their communities: the muxes. ...

Nepal's LGBTI-Rights Movement: Personal Perspectives (AUDIO, PHOTOS)

Bibek Bhandari | Posted 09.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Bibek Bhandari

In a society still divided by caste and ethnic identity, a discourse on sexual identity seems to be less of a priority. Despite official recognition and a lenient social attitude, family pressure and social expectations still prevent most people from coming out.

Living Gay: A Perspective from Nepal (Part 1)

Bibek Bhandari | Posted 09.18.2012 | Gay Voices
Bibek Bhandari

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.

Nepal Flushes Out Genderism

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

"I feel safe now," says Om, a 24-year-old who identifies as third-gender, as he walks across Bageshwori Park in Nepalgunj to buy coconut milk. Om is back in the park for a special occasion: the opening of Nepal's first gender-inclusive public toilet.

Dividing By Three: Nepal Recognizes A Third Gender

Kyle Knight | Posted 04.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

The piecemeal implementation of the third-gender category tells the story both of the relentless activism on the ground and of the politics of sexuality and gender rights in contemporary Nepal.

Documents and Disasters: Can Proper ID Save the Lives of Transgender People in Emergencies?

Kyle Knight | Posted 01.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Kyle Knight

Nepal, with its protected legal status for third-gender citizens, and currently in a disaster preparedness phase awaiting an earthquake, provides a compelling case study for how gender-appropriate ID can protect citizens in emergency situations.

Marriage Debate, Meet the Science of Bodies Like Ours

Addison Smith | Posted 12.12.2011 | Gay Voices
Addison Smith

Many intersex people don't want to be part of the "gay marriage" debate. But the sooner their reality can shape a more constructive dialogue, the sooner we can build a world where intersex people are afforded the respect and dignity they deserve.