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Comparative Ethics, Rights and Development

Member of hijira (transgender) community, Bhadrak, Odisha, IndiaThis inquiry compares constitutional and legal traditions which impact the rights and freedoms of minorities, such as tribals/indigenous and alternative sexual orientations, among others. For example, India recently made transgender a legal third category, but it has effectively recriminalized homosexuality in a recent ruling. In the U.S., the legalization of gay marriage has continued at a dramatic pace; however, the U.S. has not recognized transgender as a third legal category. As a group, transgender people tend to face various forms of marginalization, discrimination and violent reprisal tantamount to a civil rights violation.

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