Nepal changes transgender passports

AFP-JIJI

Nepal’s Supreme Court has ordered the government to alter passports so that transgender people no longer have to describe themselves as male or female, a court spokesman said Tuesday, a move welcomed by rights activists.

The court made the decision Monday following a petition from a transgender individual who wanted a third category introduced on passports for people who identify themselves neither as male nor female, the spokesman, Hemanta Rawal, said.

“The Supreme Court ruled on the writ petition seeking the new category. The court has ordered the government to implement the decision,” he said.

The move comes more than six years after the court ordered the government to enact laws to guarantee the rights of transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual Nepalese.