Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are not third gender, clarifies Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to modify its 2014 order on transgenders which granted them the status of third category. In a clarification, the apex court stated that lesbian, gay and bisexuals did not come under the purview of its 2014 order on transgenders.
In April 2014, the court had given a landmark judgement and created a third gender status for transgenders. It had also observed that transgenders were a socially and economically backward minority community and needed reservation like OBCs.
After that, there was a demand of recognising the lesbian, gay and bisexuals as a third gender too so as to elevate their status. Thursday, the court was hearing a petition by the Central government challenging the definition of ‘transgender’.
However, today’s clarification comes as a setback for the community.

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