The Indian Government will provide a third box in its gender category on passport forms:

The new “Passport Information Booklet” relating to instructions for filling up application forms, states, “In case of Male/ Female option, please write M or F in the box space provided. For eunuch, please write ‘E’ in this box.”The new “Passport Information Booklet” relating to instructions for filling up application forms, states, “In case of Male/ Female option, please write M or F in the box space provided. For eunuch, please write ‘E’ in this box.”

I had blogged in the past about Hijras having problems getting insurance in Tamil Nadu, transgendered prostitutes in the US, and Georgie Bayer’s problems in New Zealand, so this is an amazing development. However, I haven’t seen it reported in other papers yet so can’t compare all the reports.