MUMBAI, INDIA – In a world where up is up and down is down, with the constant balance between the yin and the yang, between male and female, comes a ruling from India’s supreme court that creates a third gender.
India’s top court took the traditional male and female genders and added transgender to allow people to self-identify, to choose their own sex.
This will allow them the same rights as everyone else, particularly in terms of welfare, health care, and employment.
Even before the ruling, six transgendered men began training as part of the Home Guards, a paramilitary force that assists police. They train with male cadets and wear the same uniforms, but they can wear whatever they want when they’re off duty.
A few days after the ruling, Bharathi Kannamma announced her candidacy for a seat in parliament, the first transgendered person to run for office in India.
She’s running as an independent.
It seems deciding a gender can be a whole lot easier than deciding a political party.