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LGBTI Rights in Pakistan


ADDED ON: 10/02/2021

How violence and abuse drove a transgender migrant back to Pakistan

Romesa Ahmed, a transgender woman from Pakistan, tells the story of her failed attempt to flee to Europe. Shunned by her family, raped and tortured by those meant to help her, Romesa's…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2021

Pakistan opens first state-run school for transgender people

Pakistan has opened its first government-funded school for transgender women, who are often bullied out of mainstream education as children in the deeply conservative nation. The country's Khawaja Sira community date back…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2021

377: The British colonial law that left an anti-LGBTQ legacy in Asia

For much of the past two centuries, it was illegal to be gay in a vast swathe of the world - thanks to colonial Britain. Till today, colonial-era laws that ban homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2021

Intersex youth’s search for acceptance continues

The son of a poor shoemaker in Lahore, 22-year-old Muhammad Waqas continues to fight the stigma surrounding his intersex condition. The youth was reportedly born with diphallia, a rare genetic condition. The…

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ADDED ON: 05/15/2021

Pakistan: How has COVID impacted the LGBT community?

The coronavirus pandemic has made being LGBT+ in Pakistan significantly more difficult, in a country where those communities already face numerous challenges, including systemic oppression, social stigma and a legal ban on…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2021

Pakistan- Accused who tortured transgender person arrested in Nowshera

Nowshera Police have arrested an accused who attacked and injured a transgender person. Police said that transgender person Fayyaz alias Sunny came to Cantt Police Station with a complaint that a boy,…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2021

Plight of marginalised : Trans community gets vocational training

For transgender person, Bali Jetty, learning the art of embroidery brought gradual respite from the banality of the stereotypical roles. Unfortunately, the transcendence proved to be short-lived as the work came to…

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ADDED ON: 01/20/2021

Pakistan’s transgender people demand respect

Nadra Khan is campaigning for justice after a bank manager rejected her application to open an account. “People make us dance but enjoy bank accounts. The dancers can’t have one. I perform…

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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…