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Article: Pakistani Transgender People Are Running For Parliament

Trans activists take part in a demonstration in Karachi

Cast out, marginalised and even murdered, transgender people in Pakistan used to have to rely on their wits to survive. Now they are running for parliament.

The country is conservative and deeply religious and homosexuality is illegal, but it has nonetheless introduced laws that are at the global forefront of trans rights. Pakistan has officially recognised a third gender since 2009.

Laws were liberalised still further in March of 2018, with a wide-ranging piece of legislation that grants intersex people, eunuchs and trans men and women the option to self-identify their gender on official forms. A person born male can now hold a female passport. This new law lets people self-identify their gender on official documents and offers protection to 13 trans candidates in this week’s election.

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Article: Pakistani Woman Makes History As Country’s First Transgender Newsreader

A Pakistani journalist has become the country’s first transgender newsreader, after being “disowned” by her family in a country where discrimination remains common.

Marvia Malik makes her first appearance as a TV newsreader

Marvia Malik, 21, made her debut appearance on the Kohenoor TV news channel days after becoming the first transgender model on the catwalk at a prominent fashion show. She said she had received an “overwhelming” positive response after footage of her first appearance on the local TV channel went viral.

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Transgender & Women Running for Office in Pakistan

Pakistani Transgender Candidate


Significant changes are coming about in the world…

“Next month, Pakistan will hold its first election in five years. And just by running, some candidates will be making history. Two female candidates are contesting the election in extremely conservative areas where women have never run for office. And for the first time, transgender people are running as candidates in various parts of the country.”

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http://www.cbc.ca/strombo/social-issues/pakistani-women-and-transgender-candidates-make-political-history.html

Pakistan’s Transgenders In A Category Of Their Own

Almas Bobby, leader of Pakistan’s transgender community

“Hijra is the South Asian term for a transgender woman. They trace their presence back to at least the 16th century, when eunuchs served as entertainers and guards in Mogul courts. The word means “leaving one’s own tribe” — or in this case, gender group — in several Asian and Middle Eastern languages.

In Pakistan, transgender women have long been considered good luck for both newborns and newlyweds — and perform both at baby showers and weddings. Despite this, they continue to face discrimination in this otherwise conservative Muslim country.

This year, hijras won a key legal battle to have a third gender option on national ID cards. About 50,000 Pakistanis are classified as hijras like Mehvish. The category includes self-reported transgender men and women, as well as transvestites, hermaphrodites and eunuchs.”

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Pakistan’s Transgenders In a Category of Their Own