Monica Shahi has become the first person in Nepal to have a passport that recognizes her as neither male or female but as a member of a third category. Her passport is now marked with an “O” that represents “Other,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports.
Nepal is just the latest country to authorize a third gender category for passport holders, however. To date, Bangladesh, India, Denmark and Australia, among others, offer the designation on travel documents.
Since a 2007 Supreme Court ruling allowed Nepalis to recognize their gender according to their “gender feelings” not just to a male or female binary, tolerance towards the trans community has continued to grow in the South Asian country, HRW says.