In 2011, the country of Nepal conducted a census just as many countries do throughout the world. This census however was very different, the section pertaining to gender now contain a third gender. Those who felt as if they were not classified as male or female, (transgender), could now identify themselves in this third category. This third gender is mainly transgender people, but some homosexual people are also included. I believe that this makes their census data more accurate because it caters to groups of people who would have otherwise completely disregarded the census.
Nepal may be the first country to nationally recognize a third gender category, but they will without a doubt not be the last. In the next decade I believe that more countries will follow suit. Especially now that there is something that they can observe and use as a reference.
Imagine if this were to take place here in the USA. It would change so many things. Statistics and studies that have been the foundations for theories across the social sciences would all be different. It would also promote a feeling of equality. In todays day and age people are different and the census needs to be updated……..