Would America even consider the possibility of a third gender?

(h/t Jules)

Hijras, who are neither male nor female, from now on will be considered as a separate gender in Bangladesh and will get priority for education and other rights.

The decision was made at a Monday cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Cabinet Secretary Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed the media after the meeting.

Journalists asked Musharraf whether the spelling of Hijra would be spelled with a "z or a j."

"With a j. They will be referred as Hijras in both English and Bangla language. Any other translations in English is misleading," the cabinet secretary said.

There are currently 10,000 Hijras living in the country he said, referring to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Welfare.

This has led the government to consider them as a separate gender alongside the existing male and female sexes, he said.

Hijras are already enlisted as voters in Bangladesh.

The move comes as the current government’s term draws to a close.
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  1. Lauren Aasen11/14/13, 4:21 PM

    It's funny that you bring this up, because I was just reading a very watered-down article about gender essentialism around the world. Apparently, some aspects of Indian religion/culture are very gender fluid (many gods transfer from male to female and female identity is seen as being "permanent", unlike most cultures in the world which hold that men are the ones who are "immovable" so to speak). So it doesn't surprise me that something like this is accepted more there than here - there's already something of a cultural precedent for it.

    1. I've read about third genders in other cultures as well. Such a fascinating and beautiful concept, much more in touch with the wide array of humanity.

  2. America is way behind with this human rights issue. Everyday people that are trans are being murdered and discriminated against in the job market.


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