12/21/2013 10:56 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

India Matters: The Third Gender

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New Delhi: Getting a glimpse of the everyday world of a transgender or a hijra was not proving to be easy.

Transgender is an umbrella term for persons who do not identify with the sex they were born with. Like Hijras and kothis, who both express a feminine gender identity, and are the most visible among sexual minorities.

Hijras belong to gharanas led by a Hijra guru and live in closed communities or deras. Outsiders are rarely given access to the deras.

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