A hijra can be an individual born with dual or ambiguous genitalia, a eunuch, someone who has undergone gender-related surgery or a cross-dresser. Hijras are often featured in Bollywood movies, as well as A.R. Rahman and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Bombay Dreams. In a poignant portrait series, "Nirvan, the Third Gender of India," photographer Jill Peters interviewed Indian hijras. Peters noticed on a visit to India that hijras face constant discrimination and difficulty, even though they have been a visible part of India's culture for centuries. Her project's goal is to reverse the stigma.
April 16 / Mashable