Bangladesh gives voting rights to hijra community

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04/29/2019

Bangladesh will allow parts of the transgender community to vote under their proper gender identity. Officials have introduced hijra as a third gender option on voting forms for the first time. “From now onward, a third gender individual can be a voter with their own identity, as a hijra,” said Abdul Baten, the director of national identity registration, according to The Telegraph. “The press has already been ordered to print the new forms. Now they can identify themselves as hijras on the national voters list.”

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