Trans Nepali runs for politics


Aanik Rana has made history as she becomes the first transgender woman in Nepal that hopes to get the seat in the political office. A social worker and LGBT activist, is running for the position of the chairperson in ward number eight of the Tilotama Municipality in Western Nepal. She says that victory is not her main goal, the nomination itself is a win for the Nepali trans community to make it visible. “In the elections victory or defeat is a normal process but I think my candidacy itself is a victory for me. Not only indigenous, Janajati and Dalit, homosexual and transgender have given their candidacy it would contribute to bring [sic] changes towards gender and sexual minority [sic].” Rana identifies as “third gender”, an identity that Nepal finally recognised in 2015. LGBT activists like Rana recently celebrated as anti-discriminatory measures for the members of LGBT community were included into the country’s constitution.


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