Is Nepal’s New Third Gender Passport a Win for Trans Rights?

Men stare bemusedly from the sidewalk as several hundred gay pride revelers gather in Kathmandu’s tourist district. The parade is made up of a large contingent of trans women, among others, decked out in sexy dresses, gaudy pride outfits, and traditional Nepali clothing. A group in red saris hold clay pots on their heads.
A young trans woman in a light blue bob wig, sapphire hot pants, and a matching bikini top hops out of a taxi. “Happy Gai Jatra!” she yells and throws up her arms, unfurling rainbow wings to the delight of photographers.

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