This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.

Transgender Persons in Indian Courtrooms*

Transgender Persons in Indian Courtrooms*

Transgender persons in Indian courtrooms
Surabhi Shukla


In this chapter, I will analyse Indian court cases in which transgender rights have been litigated. This will enable us to see if the legal narrative surrounding the transgender community has changed following the landmark case of National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India and Ors. (‘NALSA')1 in 2014. The NALSA case, which is explained in more detail below, extended all the fundamental rights under the Indian constitution to the transgender community. A transgender person is a person whose internally felt gender identity is different from the one assigned at birth. This definition is consistent with the Indian Supreme Court definition. I will explain it in full in ...

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