India Asks Voters: Male, Female, or Transgender?


Imagine, for a moment, if the United States of a America’s government offered not two, but three checkboxes to select from on official forms. Male, female, and transgender. ‘Cause it’s a reality in India.

The world’s largest democracy is beating the world’s super power in recognizing gender isn’t so black and white.

Indian election authorities Thursday granted what they called an independent identity to intersex and transsexuals in the country’s voter lists.

Before, members of these groups — loosely called eunuchs in Indian English — were referred to as male or female in the voter rolls.

But now, they will have the choice to tick “O” — for others — when indicating their gender in voter forms, the Indian election commission said in a statement.

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  • Julie

    This is great news for those who are gender-queer or otherwise don’t identify with any or either binary gender.

    The only potential problem is with the rest of us who switched from male-to-female or vice versa. It would suck if you could only move to other and not back/forward to male or female.

  • 17goingon16

    how about dont even ask the question? forget gender, age, race … so tired of it all.

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