Today I learned (again, some more) that “gender is a social construct”!! Bangladesh has now recognized Hijras as a third gender, neither male nor female, as they self-identify. (I tried to verify this news to the best of my ability, but it still may be too fresh. This link seems credible.)
This wikipedia entry opened my eyes to this distinctly non-Western, non-Euro/American view on gender identity. Also, a friend pointed out this article about the third-gendered people of Samoa. FASCINATING. I hope this news is true, and this innovative step will be noted and followed with protections for non-gender-conforming Americans soon. ENDA passing the Senate is a great step, but victory is not guaranteed yet!