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International Report: Nepal’s Transgender Persons Denied Voting

Why should we care about transgender rights in Nepal, or many of the other countries I occasionally have news from? Two reasons – first and foremost, these folks are out sisters and brothers, and we are part of the same large, multifunctional dysfunctional family. And second, knowing that the tide is rising – or lowering – for our family helps us appreciate what we do have, and take encouragement from the advances across the globe.

In this case, Nepalese transgender persons had hope 6 years ago, when their Supreme Court approved third gender citizenship and ordered the government to enact laws to guarantee the rights of all LGBT persons.

But here’s the rub – they cannot get proper documentation of their new status, and so they have become disenfranchised. From the article:

…the president of a prominent LGBT campaign group in the Himalayan nation estimates that just three out of 200,000 Nepalese transgenders have managed to change their citizenship from male/female to third gender — largely because of official intransigence and prejudice.

In case you’re surprised at that 200,000 number, that would make 1 out of every 137 persons in Nepal transgender, which seems a little bit of a stretch to me. However, it’s very difficult to apply the Western figures of 1 in 300 or so being transgender (and 1 in 7,000 or so being transsexual) to a nation with very different culture and demographics.

Nepal’s transgenders shut out of voting – xinmsn Lifestyle.

NAACP boss: Voter ID laws put Transgendered Americans at Disadvantage

A couple of interesting quotes from the article.

A 2012 “news flash” at the George Soros-funded Think Progress claims that two out of every five transgender citizens do not have identification that matches their correct gender, due largely to state regulations. “Many of the policies require documented proof of gender reassignment surgery, which not all trans people choose to undergo,” Think Progress said.

NAACP boss: Voter ID laws put transgendered Americans at disadvantage – Spokane Conservative | Examiner.com.