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    The meti flag.

    Meti, not to be confused with the Métis people of Canada, is a third gender from Nepali culture. They are feminine displaying in male-born bodies and can be compared to a lunarian or another form of feminine non-binary.

    History

    Metis became an officially recognized third gender in the country of Nepal as of a Supreme Court ruling in 2007.[1] Metis are now officially recognized by the Nepalese government and are able to have government-issued ID cards that list "both" as an option under "gender."

    Discrimination

    Before the Supreme Court ruling, meti individuals were regularly arrested for "spreading perversion."[2] In Nepal, "unnatural sex" is still illegal despite the progressive inclusion of a third-gender on registration forms.[3]

    The HIV epidemic within Nepal is especially common amongst the meti community.[4] The reason for this can be attributed to the unique struggle that meti face finding employment and acceptance in society. Many meti are pushed into the sex-industry working as prostitutes and are unwelcome in any other roles in society.

    Flag

    The first known appearance of the meti flag was on August 14, 2020, although the creator is unknown.[5] The flag is the rainbow flag with the Nepali flag on the left hand side.

    References

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