California, October 17, 2017 : California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a state senate bill, allowing a gender-neutral marker on birth certificates and driver’s licenses starting from 2019.
California thus became the first state in the US to allow a “nonbinary” gender to be marked on birth certificates, Xinhua news agency reported.
The so-called “nonbinary” gender means not exclusively male or female or a combination of two or more “genders.”
According to the Gender Recognition Act approved on Sunday, California will offer a gender-neutral option on state documents for those who are transgender, intersex and others who are not identified as male or female.
The law, published on the government official website, also made it easier for people to change their gender identity on official documents.
“Existing law authorises a person who was born in this state and who has undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition to obtain a new birth certificate from the State Registrar,” the bill read.
The Golden State is now also the second state in the US to allow residents to be identified by a gender marker other than “F” or “M” on their driver’s license.
Oregon and the District of Columbia had earlier issued the gender-neutral option on their driver’s licenses.
Neha Dhupia says Roadies to be a Gender Neutral show
The gang of Roadies received a huge response from Delhi
Noida, Dec 12: Actress Neha Dhupia, who is returning as a gang leader with “Roadies Xtreme”, describes the stunt-based reality show as the most gender neutral place to work, while Rannvijay Singha says girls need to be treated equal to men.
Neha will be seen alongside popular VJ, DJ and TV host Nikhil Chinapa, actor Prince Narula and rapper Raftaar as gang leaders on the show, while Rannvijay will be seen in a new avatar in the upcoming fifteenth season.
On Tuesday here, Neha, Nikhil, Prince and Rannvijay conducted the Delhi-NCR auditions where thousands of fans flocked the gates and tried their best to gain the attention of their favourite stars.
Talking about gender equality on the MTV show, Rannvijay said: “We were always asked whether girls are fit for ‘Roadies’ (or not), but the best answer to this question was given by Neha and her team’s member Shweta, who won the last season.
“We don’t give special treatment to girls on ‘Roadies’ because they don’t need such kind of a treatment. They win the game when they are equally treated with their male counterparts. I don’t feel they need any kind of support to win. They just need a platform to showcase their talent.”
Adding to that, Neha said: “I don’t think there’s any need to empower women as they are already empowered. You can enable them… That’s the good way of looking at them. All are treated equally on this show. In the film industry where I am working, this is a job which is the most gender neutral place to be in.”
Nikhil said that over the years, the craze for “Roadies” has become huge.
“‘Roadies’ franchise is become huge over the years. Not just the show, if you see fans, they also have become so much more passionate over the years. This year, the show is going to be ridiculously extreme,” Nikhil said.
Expectations from Delhi-NCR?
Rannvijay said: “In the history of ‘Roadies’, we have found the maximum contestants from Delhi. This might be because a lot of people come here for study purposes. They have a never-say-die attitude and don’t want to lose.
“Whenever we come here for auditions, we have huge expectations. Sometimes, it happens that we don’t find enough contestants from other states, but we keep believing that Delhi is still there.”
"More than 70 countries around the world today still criminalise same-sex relations, and in some of them the death penalty may be applied," believes Vitit Muntarbhorn, the UN' first independent expert on the rights of LGBT
United Nations, October 28, 2017 : Immediate action is needed to stop human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, a UN human rights expert has said.
“It is unconscionable that people with an actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression different from a particular social norm are targeted for violence and discrimination in many parts of the world,” said Vitit Muntarbhorn, the UN’ first independent expert on the rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people.
“LGBT people are suffering a crucible of egregious violations, including killings, rape, mutilation, torture, arbitrary detention, abduction, harassment, physical and mental assaults.
“They are subjected to lashings and forced surgical interventions, bullying from a young age, incitement to hatred and pressures leading to suicide,” he told the UN General Assembly on Friday.
“More than 70 countries around the world today still criminalise same-sex relations, and in some of them the death penalty may be applied,” Xinhua quoted Muntarbhorn as saying.
Even where there is no law criminalising consensual same-sex relations, laws on public decency, public order and social peace are used to incriminate people under the umbrella of sexual orientation, gender identity and related gender expression, he noted.
Muntarbhorn who is from Thailand said all laws criminalising same-sex relationships should be removed from the statute books, and no other legal measures should be used to target sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression for the purpose of consolidating power and suppressing dissent.
It was also imperative to remove the death penalty for all cases related to the criminalization of sexual orientation, gender identity and related gender expression, he stressed.
“There is a need for effective anti-discrimination measures covering both the public and private spheres. Not only formal but substantive, not only de jure but also de facto, in addition to the building of a community open to understanding and respecting sexual and gender diversity,” said the expert.
To be effective, anti-discrimination frameworks should provide for effective measures to investigate alleged violations, redress for victims and accountability for alleged perpetrators, he said.
Muntarbhorn also expressed concern that human rights defenders were being increasingly targeted for their work in raising issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. (IANS)
New Delhi, September 9, 2017 : Society has a huge role to play in the person that we become. And sometimes, that may not be the right way to go about it.
More often than not, society forces us to be somebody we are not. A woman belongs in the kitchen, a man is not supposed to cry; who established these ground rules to function in the society?
Sexism is real, and men face it too (surprise!)
“Don’t be such a girl!”
Men are always expected to display vigor and anger; their insecurities are rarely taken into account and would rather be pushed under a rug that the society largely identifies as ‘masculinity’.
We keep reminding men that they should not wear pink, that they cannot cry, and that they are only supposed to express their emotions in a certain way. We tell them to ‘not be such a girl’, to shake off their fears and ‘man up’ and to always take charge. And this never stops.
But what we are forgetting here is that men have emotions too; even when the society does not allow them to emote explicitly.
These expressions and understanding are so entrenched in daily communiqué that sometimes we fail to realize when we are making a sexist remark.
Yes, sexism is unbridled in the Indian society and (thankfully) being talked about.
While women tend to pay heed to such remarks, sexism directed towards men goes largely unnoticed.
Here are a few subtle hints to how sexism has become a part of everyday life for men,
Men are often faced with questions like “why didn’t you fight her?”, and made jokes on how they must have enjoyed it because why wouldn’t anybody enjoy a sexual encounter that essentially has ‘no strong attached’.
People in the 21st century fail to realize the real, societal damage that women who sexually assault men, cause to the society.
The man is supposed to be the ‘provider’ of the family, earning most of the money. For many men, it feels like a hard slap when women earn more money.
Because if they aren’t earning a living for their family, how can they be a “true” man?
Sexism places men and women in stereotypical roles- women are ‘naturally’ kind, compassionate and sensitive, while the men are ‘naturally’ more rational, and stronger, physically and mentally.
People say this to boys all the time and must be immediately stopped because it increasingly encourages the mindset that girls are inherently weak.
Even when the tone of such sexist comments is compassionate- sometimes even flattering, they are indicative of a stereo-typically narrow and insulting worldview.
Despite the cliche that art is a universal language, artists are interpreted very differently in terms of their gender. The unease and suspicion that accompany a male artist, irrespective of what art form he practices, are often based out of society’s view of the body and a larger understanding of ‘masculinity’.
The dominant idea about what a ‘real’ man should be include behaviors such as dominance, control, assertiveness, and emotional unresponsiveness. The society continues to think that men ‘do not do work’, but instead they ‘get work done’ by their weaker counterparts-the women.
While circumstances continue to evolve for the better, in the larger society, there still is a special place in the society for men who get angry- they are looked upon with reverence. No one points out their anger issues, or frowns upon them. It seems like arrogance and aggression are the only two emotions that men can acceptably show; that these are the only emotions that a man today is capable of showing.
We need to understand that men no longer have to ‘man up’. Instead, let them be a little more human
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