Photos: In Nepal, transgender woman becomes first to be issued marriage certificate

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Nepali transgender woman Monika Shahi Nath (40) and her husband Ramesh Nath Yogi (22) in Kathmandu, sharing an emotional moment. She became Nepal's first transgender woman to be issued a marriage certificate by district officials in May 2017 even though Nepal has no laws for such unions. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Nepali transgender woman Monika Shahi Nath (40) and her husband Ramesh Nath Yogi (22) in Kathmandu, sharing an emotional moment. She became Nepal's first transgender woman to be issued a marriage certificate by district officials in May 2017 even though Nepal has no laws for such unions. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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Monika Shahi Nath Yogi's father-in-law welcomes her and her husband at Kain Pani village in Nepal's Dadeldhura district. The couple have found a rare acceptance in Nepal, where many transgender people still struggle to be open about their identity despite progressive laws that include a third gender option on identity cards and passports. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Monika Shahi Nath Yogi's father-in-law welcomes her and her husband at Kain Pani village in Nepal's Dadeldhura district. The couple have found a rare acceptance in Nepal, where many transgender people still struggle to be open about their identity despite progressive laws that include a third gender option on identity cards and passports. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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Monika Shahi Nath Yogi and her husband Ramesh Nath Yogi walk in their village in Nepal's Dadeldhura district. Yogi’s family were initially resistant to the marriage, but the community has now accepted the couple. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Monika Shahi Nath Yogi and her husband Ramesh Nath Yogi walk in their village in Nepal's Dadeldhura district. Yogi’s family were initially resistant to the marriage, but the community has now accepted the couple. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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Monika has settled into the village and in her new home, seen doing household chores here. Although a bill to legalise same-sex marriage was proposed two years ago, there hasn’t been much progress and legally it’s not clear if Nath’s marriage will hold its own in a court of law. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Monika has settled into the village and in her new home, seen doing household chores here. Although a bill to legalise same-sex marriage was proposed two years ago, there hasn’t been much progress and legally it’s not clear if Nath’s marriage will hold its own in a court of law. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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Monica Nath grew up in a remote village in western Nepal as a boy called Manoj, and said she always felt different. Now as an adult, she’s comfortable with her identity as a transgender woman. Her marriage to Ramesh has also enabled her to begin a new life in a society that is slowly accepting people like her into the mainstream. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Monica Nath grew up in a remote village in western Nepal as a boy called Manoj, and said she always felt different. Now as an adult, she’s comfortable with her identity as a transgender woman. Her marriage to Ramesh has also enabled her to begin a new life in a society that is slowly accepting people like her into the mainstream. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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Here, Monika and Ramesh are seen taking a group selfie with Ramesh’s first wife Laxmi Nath Yogi(first from left)at Kain Pani village in Nepal’s Dadeldhura district. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Here, Monika and Ramesh are seen taking a group selfie with Ramesh’s first wife Laxmi Nath Yogi(first from left)at Kain Pani village in Nepal’s Dadeldhura district. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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Monika Shahi Nath Yogi shares a light moment with her husband Ramesh in their home in Nepal. When she came home with her new husband, wearing a short red dress and a wedding ring, it was one of her first visits as a woman.‘I am blessed to be someone’s wife, but the government needs to make the legal changes so people can easily marry the person they love,’she said. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Monika Shahi Nath Yogi shares a light moment with her husband Ramesh in their home in Nepal. When she came home with her new husband, wearing a short red dress and a wedding ring, it was one of her first visits as a woman.‘I am blessed to be someone’s wife, but the government needs to make the legal changes so people can easily marry the person they love,’she said. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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Nepali transgender person Monika Shahi Nath (3rd L) with Laxmi Giri Nath (L), the first wife of her husband Ramesh Nath Yogi (3rd R), Ramesh's youngest daughter Nabin Nath (2nd), Ramesh's grandmother-in-law Parbati Devi Nath (C), Ramesh's father-in-law Bhawani Nath (2nd) and Ramesh's mother-in-law Sita Devi Nath (R) in Kain Pani village in Nepal's Dadeldhura district. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Nepali transgender person Monika Shahi Nath (3rd L) with Laxmi Giri Nath (L), the first wife of her husband Ramesh Nath Yogi (3rd R), Ramesh's youngest daughter Nabin Nath (2nd), Ramesh's grandmother-in-law Parbati Devi Nath (C), Ramesh's father-in-law Bhawani Nath (2nd) and Ramesh's mother-in-law Sita Devi Nath (R) in Kain Pani village in Nepal's Dadeldhura district. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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Often seen riding on a bike in the village, the couple still have an uphill task when it comes the legal recognition of their union.However, Monika Shahi Nath Yogi says that they’re happy and feel accepted as husband and wife. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

Often seen riding on a bike in the village, the couple still have an uphill task when it comes the legal recognition of their union.However, Monika Shahi Nath Yogi says that they’re happy and feel accepted as husband and wife. (Prakash Mathema / AFP)

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