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Nepal to issue ‘third gender’ IDs for those not identifying as male or female

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

KATMANDU, Nepal — An official says Nepal’s government will begin issuing citizenship certificates with the category “third gender” for people who do not wish to be identified as male or female.

Activists hailed the decision, saying it was an achievement for gay and transgender rights.

Home Ministry Bhola Siwakot says an order to issue the certificates was sent to all district administration offices.

Nepal’s Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the government should issue “third gender” citizenship certificates but it took five years to implement the decision.

Sunilbabu Pant of the Blue Diamond Society says the simple and clear guidelines for issuing the certificates should make life easier for sexual minorities.

Activists say “third gender” minorities have had difficulty getting jobs or passports, enrolling in schools or owning property without proper citizenship certificates.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. Awesome. :D

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:17pm
  2. Does it seem like the rest of the World is progressing while America digresses???

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:20pm
  3. America would never take it seriously

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:23pm
  4. Do want. So sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:34pm
  5. Agree with chuck soooo much

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:36pm
  6. Amazing !!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:47pm
  7. Remove the labels and stereotypes and what do you have? People! That’s what! Nice Nepal!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:08pm
  8. Even Nepal is more socially progressive now than the United States in this respect. As more and more countries get ahead of the U.S. when it comes to equality, the U.S. should change its title from “Land of the Free” to “Land of Bigotry and Intolerance”.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 8:13pm