Transgender person have the right to be recognized as transgender or their self-perceived gender identity: Rajasthan High Court

The Rajasthan High Court, hearing a Civil Writ wherein the petitioner wanted to change his name and gender in the service record of the school he worked at after he underwent sex reassignment surgery to become a male from a female, observed that “the right of a human being to choose his/her sex or gender identity is integral to his or her personality and is one of the most basic aspects of self determination, dignity and freedom”. The Court directed the Petitioner to apply for issuance of certificate indicating change in gender before the District Magistrate under Section 7 of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 and directed the school to then change the service record of the petitioner.