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LGBTI Rights in Pakistan


ADDED ON: 01/06/2021

Breaking the silence on gender identity in Asia Pacific

For many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people, coming out and being accepted is still a long winding road to go. Rights activist Rukhshana Kapali has been fighting for…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2020

Resolution in KP assembly demands transgender people be allowed to perform Hajj, Umrah

A resolution demanding transgender people be allowed to perform Hajj and Umrah — two major Islamic pilgrimages — in Saudi Arabia was submitted Friday in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. According to the…

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ADDED ON: 11/27/2020

Transgender Pakistanis find solace in a church of their own

Pakistan’s Christian transgender people, often mocked, abused and bullied, say they have found peace and solace in a church of their own. Shunned by other churches, they can raise their voices high…

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Javaria Waseem – The Self-Assumed Artist, Pakistan

Javaria Waseem is a Pakistani filmmaker, photographer, and writer who uses art as a tool to raise awareness about gender inequality and anti-LGBTI discrimination. Her photos and illustrations, stamped with a signature…

ADDED ON: 08/09/2020

Lesbian lovers and a boxer in a burqa: a new look for Pakistani TV

A burqa-clad boxer, a high-society wedding planner and an ex-convict may sound more like the wish list for the next series of Big Brother, but they are just some of the characters…

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ADDED ON: 07/19/2020

Pakistan court orders ‘gender test’ of trans man accused of illegal ‘same-sex’ marriage to woman

A court in Pakistan has ordered the formation of a medical board to do a ‘gender test’ on a trans man who is accused of changing his gender to marry a woman.…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2020

From victim to protector: Pakistan’s first trans cop fights for justice

After enduring death threats, transphobic slurs and sexual harassment at college, Pakistan’s first trans police officer Reem Sharif now shields other trans people from abuse. In her first two months as a…

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ADDED ON: 05/21/2020

Virus pushes Pakistan’s transgender dancers out of their homes

Before the virus shutdown, dancer Adnan Ali had carved out a comfortable living performing at parties for newlyweds and newborns, avoiding the financial hardship faced by many in Pakistan's transgender community. But…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2020

A Court Guessed How Gay Men From Conservative Families Would React After First Having Sex. It Cost Two Men Their Refugee Status.

Two young men from Pakistan who feared persecution because they were in a homosexual relationship had their refugee claims rejected because a tribunal made "illogical" assumptions about how they would respond to…

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ADDED ON: 03/04/2020

Pakistan court gives green light to women’s march – with conditions

A Pakistani court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to the country’s largest women’s rights event but told organizers to ensure participants adhere to “decency and moral values”. The country-wide event, known as…

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ADDED ON: 02/28/2020

‘Scared’ gay sisters given temporary reprieve from being returned to Pakistan

Two sisters say they are "relieved but worried" after they narrowly avoided being deported to Pakistan where they say they face the threat of LGBT-based violence. Samina, 52, and Nazia Iqbal, 48,…

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ADDED ON: 01/04/2020

Pakistan to provide free healthcare for trans people

Pakistan has extended a government health insurance scheme to transgender people for the first time, in a move aimed at ending discrimination in access to care, an official said. All transgender people…

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