Sunil Pant and dozens of LGBT activists arrested in Nepal

Published: September 15, 2010

Openly gay lawmaker Sunil Pant and dozens of LGBT activists were arrested in the Nepali capital on Tuesday in a crackdown on a rally to demand government identification papers for the third sex or transgender people.

According to media reports, some 70 LGBT activists were arrested after they entered an prohibited area while staging a protest in front of the country’s main administrative complex in the capital city of Kathmandu. They were demanding that the Home ministry issues citizenship papers to those who want their gender marked as "third sex" instead of male or female.

[The third sex includes metis who are generally defined as biological males who typically have a feminine orientation and physical appearance but may or may not wish to undergo sex realignment surgery as well as individuals whose gender identity is not fully aligned with his or her biological sex.]

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