untitledThe upper house of India’s Parliament voted unanimously on Friday in favor of a bill to protect transgender rights.

The vote in the chamber, called the Rajya Sabha, was extremely unusual. The bill was sponsored by an individual member and not by the government, and India’s Parliament has not passed a member-sponsored bill since 1970.

The bill must now be approved by India’s lower house, the Lok Sabha. If it becomes law, it would require the government to establish a plan to safeguard the welfare of transgender people. This would fulfill a ruling from India’s Supreme Court last April, which established that transgender people were entitled under the constitution to be protected from discrimination. READ FULL