Thumb sm
MiguelCandela_The3rdGender11
New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

Thumb sm
MiguelCandela_The3rdGender12
New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

Thumb sm
MiguelCandela_The3rdGender13
New Delhi
By Miguel Candela
24 Jan 2014

Known to provide good luck in religious ceremonies, the 'hijra' -term known in India to men who are castrated but who do not complete the sex change process- transvestites and transgenders also face the inflexibility of a society that condemns them and suffer police abuse, begging and prostitution, often under the control of mafias. They belong to the social group most discriminated in India. A primary reason of the exclusion is the lack of legal recognition of the gender status of the Hijras and other transgender people. It is the major obstacle that often prevent them in exercising their rights. Society denies them of employment which leads them to prostitution and begging. The blessing of a 'hijra' is considered necessary for newborns and newlyweds to succeed. These services are paid well but not as much as sex. Hence, most of them prefer to sell their bodies on the streets. The 'hijras' prostitutes suffer a high prevalence of HIV and syphilis. They are a weak and easy target unbacked by society.

Thumb sm
Global LGBT Spotlight
Worldwide
By Transterra Editor
01 Jan 2014

A Transterra spotlight with selected images documenting LGBT communities and issues in Armenia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nepal, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Moscow, Turkey and Iran. Most images below are selected from collections and photo essays available on Transterra. See the links below for some examples:
Transgender in Armenia: http://transterramedia.com/collections/879
Natkadaw Festival in Myanmar: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1375
Transgender Political Candidate in Pakistan: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1030
My Life as a Nepalese Transgender: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1430
Being a Gay Journalist in Hong Kong: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1291
TransMongolian: http://transterramedia.com/collections/939
Turkey's LGBT Asylum Seekers: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1107
The Holy Wigs - Jerusalem Drag Queens: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1399

Thumb sm
Gayrillas Storm the Stage
Santa Clara
By Conteur d'images
01 Dec 2013

ENGLISH - In Cuba, the transsexual community is persecuted by authorities, but resistance is strong in the city of Santa Clara. Here the arts are serving the cause of social integration at a theatre called El Mejunje.

FRANÇAIS - À Cuba, la communauté transsexuelle est persécutée par les autorités, mais résiste dans un théâtre de la ville de Santa Clara, El Mejunje, qui utilise les arts de la scène comme moyen d’intégration sociale.

ESPANOL - En Cuba, la comunidad transexual está perseguida por las autoridades, pero resiste en un teatro de la ciudad de Santa Clara, El Mejunje, que utiliza las artes escénicas como medio de integración social.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 2
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Reading books is one of her favorite past times.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 1
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam hopes that she will find a new job soon.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 3
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam Paudel, 21, from Morang, Nepal, is transgender.

Thumb sm
My Life as a Nepalese Transgender
Nepal
By Transterra Editor
20 Sep 2013

Photos and Text by Rajneesh Badhari.

Nepal is the first country to recognize the third gender category. In 2007, Nepal's apex court ordered to scrap laws that are discriminatory. The court also ordered to draft a new law for same sex marriage, it hasn't materialized as constituent assembly was dissolved without delivering a new constitution.

There are few organization that are openly speaking for the LGBT issues here. But people from LGBT groups are still facing problem. Getting a new job for them has been difficult. Neelam Paudel, 21, from Morang, is one of them.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 10
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

But living as a transgender in a conservative Nepali society is not easy. She feels bad when people call her “hijada” but now she has learnt not to listen such words.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 5
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam, cleaning spinach, for her lunch on Sept 13, 2013. She loves cooking and likes Chinese food.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 4
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam loves to wear the dresses of a girl. She says she likes makeup kits.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 8
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam chats with her friends through a mobile device to update that she curled her hair.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 9
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

It was during a radio interview that Neelam made it public that she is a transgender. Her parents who were listening to the radio program knew about it then. She now openly lives as a transgender.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 13
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam says she is happy that she is a transgender. “I don’t feel bad about it,” she told.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 7
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam was studying in class 8 that she knew she was transgender. She was afraid at first to tell it to others. She used to live in loneliness and wasn’t comfortable with others then.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 11
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam hopes that she will find a new job soon.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 6
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Neelam has been looking for a job in Kathmandu but has remained unsuccessful because most of the offices she approached rejected her because of her sexual orientation.

Thumb sm
Transgender in Nepal 12
Nepal
By Rajneesh Bhandari
20 Sep 2013

Transgenders at young age are vulnerable to rape and they don’t report such incident because they are afraid to come in public, Neelam shared.

Thumb sm
A Natkadaw Dance Ritual (1 of 8)
Taung Byone, Myanmar
By Greg Holland
18 Aug 2013

A Natkadaw medium dances amongst villagers and visiter's in a ritual where he accepts alcohol, cigarettes and money as offerings during a performance at this years Nat festival. The event took place in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay in Myanmar on 17th - 21st August, 2013.

Thumb sm
A Natkadaw Dance Ritual (2 of 8)
Taung Byone, Myanmar
By Greg Holland
18 Aug 2013

A Natkadaw medium dances amongst villagers and visiter's in a ritual where he accepts alcohol, cigarettes and money as offerings during a performance at this years Nat festival. The event took place in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay in Myanmar on 17th - 21st August, 2013.

Thumb sm
A Natkadaw Dance Ritual (8 of 8)
Taung Byone, Myanmar
By Greg Holland
18 Aug 2013

A traditional Natkadaw spiritual medium dances with two transgender dancers in the centre of a packed shrine in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay. The festivities took place over the 17th-22nd August 2013.

Thumb sm
A Natkadaw Medium Decorated in Offeri...
Taung Byone, Myanmar
By Greg Holland
18 Aug 2013

A Natkadaw medium displays her offerings and traditional dress after a dance performance at this years Nat festival. The event took place in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay in Myanmar on 17th - 21st August, 2013.

Thumb sm
A Natkadaw Dance Ritual (4 of 8)
Taung Byone, Myanmar
By Greg Holland
18 Aug 2013

A Natkadaw medium dances amongst villagers and visiter's in a ritual where he accepts alcohol, cigarettes and money as offerings during a performance at this years Nat festival. The event took place in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay in Myanmar on 17th - 21st August, 2013.

Thumb sm
A Natkadaw Dance Ritual (3 of 8)
Taung Byone, Myanmar
By Greg Holland
18 Aug 2013

A Natkadaw medium dances amongst villagers and visiter's in a ritual where he accepts alcohol, cigarettes and money as offerings during a performance at this years Nat festival. The event took place in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay in Myanmar on 17th - 21st August, 2013.

Thumb sm
A Natkadaw Medium Decorated in Offeri...
Taung Byone, Myanmar
By Greg Holland
18 Aug 2013

A Natkadaw medium dances amongst villagers and visiter's in a ritual where he accepts alcohol, cigarettes and money as offerings during a performance at this years Nat festival. The event took place in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay in Myanmar on 17th - 21st August, 2013.

Thumb sm
A Traditional Percussionist Performs ...
Taung Byone, Myanmar
By Greg Holland
18 Aug 2013

A traditional percussionist performs as part of a traditional sound system during the ritual dances at at this years Nat festival. The event took place in Taung Byone, north of Mandalay in Myanmar on 17th - 21st August, 2013.

Thumb sm
LGBT Community in Myanmar 18
Mandalay, Myanmar
By vincenzo floramo
24 Jul 2013

Ma Pwint with her friends at an event organized by the LGBT organization in Mandalay. He lives now with his conservative parents. They cannot accept his homosexuality. He is one of the known faces in the local gay scene and dances often in Nat festivals across the country.

Thumb sm
LGBT Community in Myanmar 15
Mandalay, Myanmar
By vincenzo floramo
22 Jul 2013

Ma Pwint in his small room at his parents home in Mandalay. He does not see himself neither as a woman nor as transgender, but likes to dress as a woman.

Thumb sm
LGBT Community in Myanmar 16
Mandalay, Myanmar
By vincenzo floramo
22 Jul 2013

Ma Pwint dressed up as a woman during a festival. The festival devoted to the nats, spirits worships where men often impersonate female nats.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Jhelum city is famous for a nearby military cantonment, which is one of the biggest in Pakistan. Grand Trunk road, also called GT road, runs through the city, making it a vital junction along the mighty road from Lahore to Peshawar.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Jhelum has been a stronghold of the Pakistani Muslim League during the last elections, and even in local body elections during the Musharaff rule.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

At 46 years old, Lubna is transgendered and an independent elections candidate.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Rejected because she is transgendered, Lubna lives away from her family.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna sits with Sidra, her friend and assistant in her election campaign. Lubna shares this home with 6 other transgenders who make their living by dancing in wedding ceremonies.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna sits in her home, which she shares with other transgendered people, in the suburbs of Jhelum city.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna sits in her home with her friend and assistant Sidra. Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Election campaign material for transgender candidate Lubna. She is using the electoral sign of a Cow in her campaign.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

Thumb sm
Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna shares her small house with six wedding dancers, all of whom are transgendered.