Nepal’s Third Gender and the Recognition of Gender Identity

3rd gender Nepal 480w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />On December 27, 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a decision that has been called “arguably the single most comprehensive judgment affirming protections for gender identity anywhere in the world.” The decision in Pant v. Nepal was overwhelmingly in favor of the petitioners, a group of local lesbian, […]

There are three sexes

Sydney Smith

Well, that’s what Anglican wit Sydney Smith (1771-1845) thought, quoting our neighbours across the channel: ‘As the French say, there are three sexes – men, women and clergymen.’ Smith himself was of French descent, but of Protestant stock. He was also a clergyman, but a married man. The saying presumably arose because French clergy were […]