SC Clarifies Only Transgenders Are Third Gender; Not Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual People

The Supreme Court on Thursday clarified that gays are not ‘Third Gender’. Only transgenders will be included in the ‘third gender’ and not gay, lesbian and bisexual persons.

The Supreme Court had in 2014 granted legal recognition to transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender and had directed the Centre and all states to treat them as socially and educationally backward classes to extend reservation in admission in educational institutions and for public appointments.

The Centre had filed an application in the apex court seeking clarification on the definition of transgender; saying lesbian, gay and bisexual cannot be treated under the category of transgender.

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