THE Indian government’s National Crime Records Bureau has officially take a big step forward to include trans* people in its latest report.

Previously, the report counted trans* people as “males”, but now the nation’s trans* community will be officially recognised in a separate category.

According to Indian news website DNA, the NCRB recorded the deaths and suicides of 122 members of the trans* community during the year 2014.

Indian trans* activists marked the inclusion of the third category for trans* people on a national level as a new beginning for the community. However, they have indicated that some of the suicide deaths could have been avoided if there were more opportunities for education and jobs for trans* people.

The news comes after the Indian Supreme Court in April 2014 made a decision to recognise the country’s “third gender”.

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