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April 24, 2015

Trans rights move forward in India

Upper House unanimously clears bill to protect interests of country’s transgender community.

Transgender rights activists hold signs during the one year celebration of the Supreme Court judgement recognising transgender people as a 'third gender" on April 15, 2015 in New Delhi, India. (GETTY/SONU MEHTA/HINDUSTAN TIMES)

Trans rights advocates are rejoicing online following the unanimous passage of a transgender rights bill in India’s parliament on Friday.

"The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014" intends to ensure equal rights with aims to develop and protect India’s trans community.


The country’s Rajya Sabha, or Upper House, now has to wait for the Lok Sabha, or Lower House, to vote on it.



Online many applauded parliament officials: