LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — In what appears to be a milestone for transgender rights around the world, the Supreme Court of the second most populated country in the world ruled that people can identify themselves as a third gender.
India’s Supreme Court Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan as reported in CTV News: “recognition of transgender (people) as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a human rights issue. Transgenders are citizens of this country and are entitled to education and all other rights.”
Trans activist Laxmi Narayan Tripathi: “All documents will now have a third category marked ‘transgender.’ This verdict has come as a great relief for all of us. Today I am proud to be an Indian.”
The ruling also specified that government health departments take care of trans medical problems. It also ordered a public awareness campaign undertaken to resolve the negative social stigma many have against trans people.
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