I appreciate this is a controversial topic but none the less I feel it should be discussed as in the intersex community there is a high suicide rate. How does Sikhi 'deal' (sorry I could not think of a better word) with the 'issue' of intersexuality and transgenderism. On one hand Sikhism is pretty silent in dictating gender roles. However there is the Singh-Kaur dichotomy and the gender separation which was introduced after the Gurus by Maharaja Ranjit Singh (correct me if I am wrong). Some definitions: Intersex - Around 1 in 750. This includes either male or female born without all biological aspects of their respective gender (includes women born without a womb), or perhaps born with some from either gender (i.e. the genitalia of both sex). Transgender/Transsexual - A recognised medical condition in when one feels they are not the gender they are physically in. They have surgery to correct their physical gender to their emotional gender. Hijras - Perhaps a separate issue but intersexed or transgender individuals in South Asia may feel that this is their only socially viable option for them to be themselves. I am not discussing those hirjas who become a hijra because of poverty or economical factors, just those who do so because they are transgendered or intersexed. People may argue: There are only two genders according to Sikhi (Singh-Kaur) Yet there is the principle of equality Should they be allowed to do anand karaj? Many argue marriage is for procreation, what if the individual cannot procreate because of their intersexuality, transgenderism. My view - A literal interpretation leading one to believe a marriage/anand karaj is only between the conventional male and female is problematic as such an interpretation method would need to apply to the whole of SGGS. This means that Guru Nanak cut off his own head: ਮਸਤਕੁ ਕਾਟਿ ਧਰੀ ਤਿਸੁ ਆਗੈ ਤਨੁ ਮਨੁ ਆਗੈ ਦੇਉ ॥ I cut off my head, and offer it to Him; I dedicate my body and mind to Him". - 938 Which we know is clearly not the case. And using this interpretation method it would mean that Waheguru is a MALE (references to Husband Lord). So my view is SGGS is for poetry and praise of God and should be used as a symbolic guide, not be read literally as there would be the problem of where to read literally and where not to. Infact one of my friends was told by her Grandmother to drink the water which is used to clean the feet of devotees going into Harmandir Sahib! This is the problem - SGGS is poetry and clearly isnt literal. I think the Gurus recognised times changed and hence they provided more general rules which could be applied to all times - no lust, anger etc. etc. So what do you think? Can their be a place for gender variant individuals in Sikhism with all the rights that Sikhism provides (including anand karaj)? How would Sikhism view the operation of transgendered in light of the idea of not changing one's body (i.e. not cutting hair is often used to include peircing, body modification, tattoos etc.), and given the medical evidence recognising transgenderism as a medical condition?