To begin with, it’s just a recommendation.
The Technical Advisory Committee constituted by Registrar General has recommended inclusion of transgender community in the census as a separate gender and not as males as is the present practice. In an RTI reply to Dr SE Huda of Bareilly based-NGO SSFA-ESFI, the Registrar General has said that the that the TAC has recommended a separate category for the transgender community of the country.
The recommendation of the TAC would now be placed before the government for consideration, it said.
In the current practice, the community is included in the Census as ‘males’. The TAC proposal says that during census males will be give code one, for females code two and for transgendered it will be ‘code three’.[Link]
As I said earlier, it’s just a recommendation. A good one, I agree. But how they define “code 3” on paper would be crucial and how long the government takes to implement this recommendation once the concerned definition is agreed upon by countless official & un-official authorities…well your guess is as good as mine.
In a non-related news, surprise surprise…well not really since France is considered the best when it comes to setting fashion trends, and this time round they have given us the very first transsexual supermodel, Lea T.
And it’s not just a pretty face we are complimenting here. The journey – from Leandro Cerezo to Lea T, from an office assistant to a supermodel, from being mocked at to be looked up as a role model – truly inspiring.