Pakistan

LGBTI Rights in Pakistan


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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ADDED ON: 12/31/2019

Opening doors: Pakistan’s first transgender beauty salon

As a transgender woman, Bebo Haider struggled for years to find a beauty salon in Pakistan that would cut her hair. She tried many top-notch salons in Karachi, but they refused to…

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ADDED ON: 12/30/2019

Over the rainbow: A life of LGBTQ dignity is within reach

If someone told Sindhuja in the dying moments of 2009 that a decade later, she would be standing as a full citizen and garnering the adulation of her family and friends, she…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2019

Transgender in Pakistan: Maya, the woman who almost broke free

She was from Nowshera, northern Pakistan, where society is conservative and tolerance for non-conformity runs thin. And Maya didn't conform. She was transgender, born male but identifying and living as woman. She…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2019

LGBTI Asia: From Myanmar tragedy to Pakistan progress

Homophobic bullying in Myanmar. Rainbow socks in Singapore. A first for trans people in Pakistan. This is a brief roundup of LGBTI news from countries that have anti-gay laws or are recovering…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

Protests in Pakistan after father arrested for murder of transgender daughter

The transgender community in Pakistan are leading protests after a 19-year-old transgender woman was found “riddled with bullets” beside a river bank. The teenager’s father has been arrested for her murder. The…

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ADDED ON: 06/12/2019

Pakistani transgender woman ‘kidnapped and tortured’ by gang

A gang of thugs reportedly kidnapped and tortured a transgender woman in Mardan, Pakistan, shaving off her hair after she refused to give them money. Shakeela claims to have been taken from…

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ADDED ON: 06/01/2019

Pakistan human rights minister appoints first transgender employee

Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari has appointed a transgender woman to her department for the first time. Dr Mazari announced the appointment of Ayesha Moghul today (May 30) on Twitter.…

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