Nepal to issue passports for its third sex citizens

Ivan Fernandes
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A government official in Nepal says the country will now begin issuing passports to its trans* citizens by issuing them passports that will recognize them as the third sex besides the usual categorizing of people as either male or female.

"We have changed the passport regulations and will add a third category of gender for those people who do not want to be identified as male or female," Lok Bahadur Thapa, chief of the government’s passport department, recently told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Nepal will now be among the handful of countries such as Australia and New Zealand who allow citizens to choose from three genders for their passports.

LGBT rights activists in Nepal say such recognition on passports would help tackle widespread discrimination they face within the Hindu-majority Himalayan country.

"It is a very progressive move, and we welcome it," Pinky Gurung, chief of the leading gay rights group Blue Diamond Society told Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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