First third-gender person seeks Bangladesh public office

Truly great news for Hijra communities in South Asia and for Trans people around the world.

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The Dhaka Tribune reports:

Dithi is the first member of the hijra third-gender community to run for public office in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of the Dhaka Tribune) Dithi is the first member of the hijra third-gender community to run for public office in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of the Dhaka Tribune)

By becoming a candidate in the upcoming municipality elections, 48-year-old Dithi has marked the beginning of a new era in Bangladesh.

Dithi, a member of the community of Hijras, a term widely used to mainly refer to  intersex persons, is running for the post of a reserved female ward councillor in Kolaroa Municipality of the southwestern district of Satkhira.

Thus she becomes the first known person of such gender identity in Bangladesh to contest a competitive democratic election.

There have been similar instances in India and Pakistan in recent years.

In January this year, Madhu Bai Kinnar, a transgender person and a member of the Dalit caste, was elected mayor of Raigarh in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

In 2013, Bindiya Rana, a…

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