College lists three genders – male, female and gay

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A teacher training college in India has apologised after an official form stated that gay was the third gender separated from men and women. The blunder was made by the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, a teacher institute established by the Indian government’s Ministry of Human Resource Development. The form was uploaded to the institute’s website, to be filled out by candidates seeking vacancies. As it turned out, the college representatives were sure that trans people all were gay and gay people all were trans. However, director Professor Shyam Sunder Pattnaik told the Times of India that the issue was “a mistake in interpretation” and that he would “get it corrected immediately”. The new form simply says “Gender (please specify)”. Even though trans community is deprived in India, its existence has been recognized for centuries. There are thousands of third-gender Indians, known as hijras.

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