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Hopeful Signs for Rights as India’s First Openly Transgender Mayor Takes Office

This week a city in central India’s Chhattisgarh state became the country’s first to elect an openly transgender woman as its mayor.   Running as an independent candidate in the mayoral election in Raigarh city, 35-year-old Madhu Bai Kinnar, who is a low-caste dalit, vanquished her rival from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by more than 4,500 votes.   Kinnar’s victory comes nine months after India’s Supreme Court in a landmark verdict recognized transgender people as...

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