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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. Read more

A transgender and a Buddhist monk wait aside from other young men to speak to officers during an army draft held at a school in Klong Toey in Bangkok

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Waiting game: a Buddhist monk and a transgender wait at an army draft centre in Klong Toey, Bangkok. All men over the age of 21 must serve in the Thai army with only those not considered physically capable of service, the mentally ill and those who have significantly altered their physical appearance, such as transgenders, being exempt