India introduces new trans rights bill in parliament after backlash

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07/19/2019

India’s government on Friday presented a revised version of its transgender rights bill to parliament after criticism from the country’s vibrant transgender community, who said sections of an earlier version would violate their rights. India’s Supreme Court officially recognized trans people as a third gender with equal rights under the law in 2014, but they are often shunned and many survive through begging or sex work. The bill aims to protect them from discrimination in education, employment, healthcare and in renting or buying property, while making the government and its agencies more accountable to uphold their rights. If approved, it would allow trans people to change their gender on legal documents without having to go through a “screening committee” of experts, a requirement in the earlier version.

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