Eunuch

A eunuch dances during a rally to mark the congregation of thousands of eunuchs from different parts of India, in Jammu, India,

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A eunuch dances during a rally to mark the congregation of thousands of eunuchs from different parts of India, in Jammu, India. The term eunuchs is used in India to describe transvestites, transsexuals and others who identify themselves as neither male nor female but as a member of a third gender. They traditionally survive by begging, dancing at weddings or blessing newborn babies and are frequently subjected to discrimination. 

An idol of warrior god Aravan is kept in a chariot during the annual eunuch festival at Koovagam village

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An idol of warrior god Aravan is kept in a chariot during the annual eunuch festival at Koovagam village, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Transgenders and transvestites gather in the village every year to participate in the re-enactment of the tale of Indian epic Mahabharata, in which they play the bride of Aravan and later mourn his death through ritualistic dances. 

A eunuch dances at a procession during a national meet of the community in Ajmer, India, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The meet in Ajmer is being held to demand increased political representation ahead of the country's general elections and also to elect a leader for the community.

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An eunuch dances at a procession during a national meet of the community in Ajmer, India on Wednesday. The meet in Ajmer is being held to demand increased political representation ahead of the country’s general elections and also to elect a leader for the community.