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Nepal Adds Transgender To Census

Posted by celticfire84 on January 16, 2011

Gays, lesbians, transvestites and their supporters participate in a gay pride parade in Katmandu, Nepal.

This year’s census in Nepal includes a new category for transgender people, as a result of the recently-passed anti-discrimination law. This reflects the tremendous turmoil and transformation ongoing within Nepali society — resting in many ways on the victories of the Peoples War and emergence of the Maoist movement.

The following is from gaynz.com.

Nepal’s national census will include a new category for transgender people when counting begins in May.

“Earlier, we had only two categories, men and women. But in the upcoming census, we are including a ‘third gender’ category,” said Director of the Central Bureau of Statistics in Kathmandu Bikash Bista.

Two years ago, the Supreme Court in Nepal ordered the government to enact laws to guarantee the rights of transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

Bista said the court’s ruling prompted the new category, though Nepal remains a deeply conservative country.

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