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Transgender Indian seeks vote

AFP-JIJI

A budding transgender politician in India is campaigning in her southern hometown for a seat in parliament, just days after the country’s highest court recognized “third-gender” people. Describing the ruling as a “milestone,” 53-year-old Bharathi Kannamma hopes to build on the momentum and overturn prejudices against India’s several million transgender people. Running as an independent candidate in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu state, she is thought to be the first transgender individual accepted as a candidate in a general election.