Indian election officials recognize third gender

Indian transgender and intersex people will no longer have to choose “male” or “female” when they vote, the Election Commission said Nov. 12.

They can instead choose “O” for “other.”

India has a class of transgender people known as “hijras.” Most have penises or are intersex; some are female and some have undergone genital modifications. They usually use female pronouns and dress as women.

By Rex Wockner


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