“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” (Genesis 1:27 NASB).
Apparently, that wasn’t good enough for India (or several other countries).
Recently, India’s supreme court has ruled that eunuchs are now a third gender or sex. Beyond this, transgenders are now included in that category. So there you have it! But wait, that’s not all. Now that eunuchs and transgenders are recognized as a third sex/gender, that will have ramifications throughout the workplace as well.
India’s Supreme Court has created an official third sex for its transgender eunuchs and announced they will have a quota of government jobs and college places to help them overcome discrimination.
I would assume that included with the new law, anti-discrimination laws will now be enforced. Transgenders were quick to react to the court’s ruling.
This verdict is certainly landmark and a new beginning. The biggest challenge is the social recognition. We have to educate and make people aware that we exist and there’s nothing abnormal about us. This will give a boost to the transgenders who want to study or work but were denied a chance. They can now be part of the mainstream.
Up until now, effeminate boys and/or boys born with deformed genitalia were often sent to live in eunuch colonies. “Transgender campaigners hope the decision and their acceptance for government quotas will mean more fulfilling career opportunities in the future. A number of eunuchs have won elections in India – one was elected mayor in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, in 2009 – and some have had some success in film and television.”
Certainly, living in a situation where one feels as though they were born in the wrong body can obviously be very traumatic. India believes they have come up with a solution to the problem since it has been very difficult for transgenders and/or eunuchs to become gainfully employed in mainstream professions and are often relegated to working as prostitutes (due in part to the caste system there).
The ruling now places transgenders and eunuchs into a category that is currently known as Other Backward Class (OBC). “The Supreme Court ruling further ordered the government to classify transgender persons as part of the Other Backward Class (OBC). OBC is a collective term used for different people in India who are classified as being “socially and educationally backward.” The Indian constitution requires that the government adopt measures that empower OBCs. The Supreme Court, for example, has ruled that 27 percent of civil service positions be filled by OBC people. Sizeable admissions quota for OBCs are also in place for elite education institutions that receive government funding.”
Because of this, they will now enjoy protected status and, as the quote states, will be empowered to gain better employment and to placed in the upper echelon of educational systems. Previous to this, the United Nations had been critical of India’s lack of support for transgenders and eunuchs.
Bangladesh also created a third gender/sex for transgenders (known as Hijras) previously. Just a few weeks ago, Australia did the same thing. “Australia’s highest court on Wednesday, April 2, recognized the existence of a third ‘non-specific’ gender that is neither male nor female, in a landmark ruling campaigners said will help end years of discrimination.”
One can only wonder which country will be next in creating a third gender for its citizens? Those countries where homosexuality is now seen as viable (UK, Canada, etc.), it would seem that they are perfect candidates for passing such a law. But who knows, with the way the United States is going, maybe our leaders will beat everyone to the punch.