First woman of trans experience to apply for citizenship in her gender identity

Rukshana Kapali, 21 year old woman of trans experience could be the first in Nepal to get her citizenship with her gender identity. On 6 March 2020 today, she has denounced her citizenship that addresses her gender as “Others”, demanding for a citizenship that addresses her as “Female”.

The constitution of Nepal clearly states that people get their citizenship based on their gender identity. However, there are no appropriate laws to address the needs of transgender individuals. Nepal has an ambiguous directive that says an “Others” gender marker shall be added. However, what “Others” mean is yet unclear to everyone. In past decades, transgender, non-binary, third gender as well as intersex individuals have been provided with citizenship that mentions them as “Others”.

In the past few years, new generation transgender rights activists have protested against the othering of their gender identity. “Transgender men should be addressed as M and Transgender women should be addressed as F”, says Rukshana who is among a leading figure in the new generation transgender movement.

The new generation of transgender folks are organizing to make changes possible for them. Trans Rights Collective as an informal group has also begun.

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