Nepal Adds Third Gender to Forms

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Nepal Home Ministry official Bhola Siwakot has issued an order to add a third gender to citizenship certificates, the AP reports. The third gender, called “third gender,” is free for use for anyone who doesn’t want to be identified as male or female. It's hardly alone in the region. India already has three genders on its passports (male, female, and eunuch), as does Australia (male, female, x), and Pakistan's supreme court ruled in 2009 to issue distinct, third gender identity cards for its hijra, or transsexual, intersex, and eunuch citizens. Study abroad accordingly, Generation L.G.B.T.G.I.A..