There are an estimated half million crossdressing "eunuchs" in modern-day India, associated with various sects, temples and Hindu deities. We wanted something that talked about us as equals. Activists are well aware of cases where the fear of entrapment has been used to blackmail, harass and bully LGBT people. It punishes non-vaginal sex with a small fine 4; 23;however, women are fined less than men. Many of the proscriptions against homosexuality arise from the smriti, a lesser category of sacred literature.
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The Hindu epics such as the Mahabharata mention several characters who demonstrate a range of sexual orientations and gender identities, including Shikhandi, Chitrangada wife of Arjuna and mother of Babruvahanaand Brihannala. The Buddha preached that Mount Imose a metaphor for the love of women was a place to be avoided, and thus priests of the dharma first entered this way as an outlet for their feelings, since their hearts were, after all, made of neither stone nor wood. This was the first time that authorities anywhere in India have officially recognised the third gender.
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