The highest court in India has issued a ruling that people may identify themselves as a third, nonbinary gender on legal documents.
Individuals who choose the “transgender” marker will be included in all welfare programs, including education, healthcare and employment access, as the Supreme Court’s ruling specified.
The decision also specifies that state governments must create trans-friendly public bathrooms and health departments, and that trans people will be allowed to adopt children. India will also put public awareness campaigns into place to lessen the stigma against transgender people.
"The spirit of the (Indian) Constitution is to provide equal opportunity to every citizen to grow and attain their potential, irrespective of caste, religion or gender," the court said in its order.
The Supreme Court specified its ruling would only apply to transgender people but not to gays, lesbians or bisexuals. India’s LGBT communities have been protesting the court’s recent decision to reinstate a colonial-era law banning gay sex, which they say will make them vulnerable to police harassment.
Oh, man. Talk about a thorough decision.