Hijras, who are neither male nor female, from now on will be considered as a separate gender in Bangladesh and will get priority for education and other rights.
So I just found out about Hijras a group of trans people in South Asia (usually born male, but who adopt feminine gender identities) and that they will now be legally considered a separate Gender in Bangladesh. The announcement of this in November included such memorable moments as identifying the correct spelling and declaring that they will be referred to as Hijras in both Bengla and English, since most English translations are terrible.
This is really cool, especially considering same sex relationships are still illegal in Bangladesh. I would love to learn more about the cultural significance and history of Hijras in any of you tumblr people have some non-wikipedia resources.
Facebook (in an unusually positive move) directed me towards this video by Emily Graslie, a science educator who has the spectacular job title of Curiosity Correspondent to the Field Museum. She speaks about sexism in her field, and on YouTube; dealing with comments that ignore her qualifications to focus on her appearance, and just pretty much does what she does best: educates.