India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling

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India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. (April 15)

SHOTLIST:

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New Delhi - 15 Apr 2014

1. C/u of Abhina, transgender activist, dancing

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Abhina (only one name given), transgender activist and Manager of Alliance India: (see transcript below)

3. Medium of Abhina dancing

4. Various of members of the transgender community talking and laughing with supporters

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sanjeev Bhatnagar, lawyer representing the transgender community: (see transcript below)

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Mumbai, India - 15 Apr 2014

6. STILL photo: transgenders celebrate with a cake after the Supreme Court verdict recognizing third gender category

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New Delhi - 15 Apr 2014

7. Various of members of the transgender community celebrating with supporters

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Bhubaneswar, India - 15 Apr 2014

8. STILL PHOTO: An Indian eunuch dances to celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict

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New Delhi - 15 Apr 2014

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Abhina (only one name given), transgender activist and Manager of Alliance India: (see transcript below)

10. Wide of members of the transgender community and supporters dancing in celebration of the Supreme Court's verdict

11. Close-up of Supreme Court website

12. C/u of feet dancing

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

INDIA'S TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY CELEBRATES AN HISTORIC DAY

SOUNDBITE (English) Abhina (only one name given), transgender activist and Manager of Alliance India:

"Now, slowly we are expecting to get lot of doors opened for us."

(nats - dancing)

THE COUNTRY'S TOP COURT ISSUED A LANDMARK DECISION tuesday RECOGNIZING TRANSGENDER RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS.

AN ESTIMATED THREE MILLION INDIANS ARE TRANSGENDER. TUESDAY'S RULING WILL GIVE THEM THE ABILITY TO IDENTIFY AS TRANSGENDER ON OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS.

BEFORE YOU COULD ONLY CHECK ONE OF TWO GENDERS -- MALE OR FEMALE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sanjeev Bhatnagar, lawyer representing the transgender community:

"The court has given the verdict today that they (transgender) are (the) part and parcel of society... all the state governments as well as the central government has been directed to take a view and follow the guidelines"

INDIA'S SUPREME COURT SAID THE SPIRIT OF THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO EVERY CITIZEN... "IRRESPECTIVE OF CASTE, RELIGION OR GENDER."

the COURT ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO CREATE PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS TO REDUCE DISCRIMINATION.

SOUNDBITE (English) Abhina (only one name given), transgender activist and Manager of Alliance India:

"For the first time they (we) will be able to come into the light and they will be able to have a breath of freedom saying that 'I am perfectly fine', 'I am perfectly fine and I am what I am and I am proud to be what I am. I have to have a life with dignity'."

THE RULING WILL ALSO GIVE TRANSGENDERS ACCESS TO WELFARE PROGRAMS, LIKE HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION, JUST LIKE OTHER DISADVANTAGED GROUPS IN INDIA.

THE VERDICT DOES NOT AFFECT A PREVIOUS RULING THAT UPHOLDS A COLONIAL-ERA LAW, CRIMINALIZING GAY SEX.

PADMANANDA RAMA, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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