Jill Peters: Hijras, South Asia’s Third Gender

Living between the sexes

Hijras are a diverse community identifying as transsexual, transgender, cross-dresser, intersex and eunuch. Just this year India’s Hijra’s have finally achieved full legal recognition in law as third gender, after decades of shame instigated by disgusted British colonialists.

“My intention was simply to portray them as the subjects of beauty and grace they so desperately wish to be, as if their path to nirvana had not been impeded by a century and a half of prejudice and intolerance.” Jill Peters.