Third gender, first priority4 min read . Updated: 07 Jan 2017, 01:20 AM IST
The landmark Nalsa judgement held that transgender communities have the right to avail of state benefits and the option to identify themselves as a ‘third gender’
Last month, a learning centre came up in Kochi to enable transgender persons to complete classes X and XII through the National Institute of Open Schooling. This is, arguably, one of the first such academic institutes to have opened especially for the benefit of transgender students, who drop out of school for multiple reasons, not the least being repeated violence and censure. There are no official figures that pertain to transgender students, which is not surprising, since the third gender itself only became an official identity in 2014.
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