This video was posted on August 15, 2015, India’s Independence Day. From the video description:

For the very first time, witness 7 Hijras taking pride and honour in being Indian and singing the National Anthem of India.

Please note, Supreme Court of India recognized transgender people as a third gender on April 15, 2014. The video incorrectly states the date 14 February, 2014. The error is deeply regretted.

What do you want to be when you grow up? – It is probably the most commonly asked question to a child.

The answer varies individually. Some want to become doctors. Some scientists; some soccer stars, musicians, painters, cops, teachers, engineers, and what not?

But not a single child wants to get their income by disrupting other’s work, performing at ceremonies, or offering blessings in exchange of money!

Unfortunately, these are the only employment opportunities available to Hijras!

Hijras have a recorded history in the Indian subcontinent from antiquity onwards. Still most Hijras live at the margins of society with very low status and the word ‘Hijra’ is often used in a derogatory manner. They face extreme discrimination for not falling into male or female gender categories and are deprived of their right to education and employment!

The idea behind this video is to show that just like Indian men and women, Indian Hijras too have the right to choose an employment which fits their talent, skill and passion.

Gender Through The Ages

If you look at virtually every culture going all the way back 4500 years to the earliest civilizations they had the concept of the “third sex”.  This usually included intersex individuals, asexual individuals, homosexuals and virtually all transexual people. They were at worst accepted if considered a little “odd” and at best revered as holy. Examples are the hijira of India and  Southeast Asia, kathoeys of Thailand, sekhet of ancient Egypt, tritiya-prakrti of Ancient India, the quariwarmi of the Incas. The ancient Israelites, yes the same people who brought us Deuteronomy, recognized five genders Zachar: male, Nekeveh: female, Androgynos: both male and female, Tumtum: without definite sex or physically asexual, Aylonit: female-to-male transsexuals and Saris: male-to-female transsexuals

So much for our culture being “advanced”.

By: ๑ Samsaran ๑