Tag Archive | Pakistan

Pakistan: Police to allow transgender recruits

Pakistan: Police to allow transgender recruits

(Reuters) – Transgender people in Pakistan’s Sindh province will be able to serve as regular duty police officers, the police chief said, adding it was time to offer more opportunities to a group relegated to menial jobs in government. After years of sometimes brutal persecution, transgender Pakistanis gained recognition in 2009, when the Supreme Court […]

NW Pakistan: Dedicated Burial Spaces For Trans People

NW Pakistan: Dedicated Burial Spaces For Trans People

Transgender people in northwestern Pakistan are to be given a dedicated place to bury their dead after being ostracised by their families even in death. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said on Wednesday it would set sections of state graveyards aside for the burial of trans people – locally known as Khusra, or Hijra. […]

UK: Young, gay and married – some LGBT wed to avoid abuse

UK: Young, gay and married – some LGBT wed to avoid abuse

Dressed in a golden, laced gown, Noor was relieved to wed a man she had met briefly online, ending years of pressure from her Pakistani family to marry. As lights flashed and guests danced merrily inside an English wedding hall, Noor felt she might finally be free to live her life as a lesbian, since […]

Pakistan: Transgender rights law – a ‘battle half won’

Pakistan: Transgender rights law – a ‘battle half won’

Bindya Rana wipes away tears of joy as she recalls her long battle to have the rights of Pakistan’s transgender community formally recognised in law. “I feel as if an orphan has finally now found shelter,” Rana, a 50-year-old transgender woman, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation after Pakistan’s parliament approved the landmark bill earlier this […]

Pakistan: Trans Newsreader Aims To Change Attitudes

Pakistan: Trans Newsreader Aims To Change Attitudes

As the first transgender news anchor in Pakistan, Marvia Malik is proud to be at the forefront of changing attitudes in her country but she says there is a long way to go. The news of her first appearance on local channel Kohenoor TV on Saturday went viral on social media, and was just days […]

Pakistan: Transgender People Feel Sidelined By Census

Pakistan: Transgender People Feel Sidelined By Census

When Pakistani census officials came to the home of Aisha, a 27-year-old transgender woman in Lahore, she was marked down on their documents as a man. “I live with my parents and when the officials came to my home I was not there,” she said. “My parents marked me as a male as they have […]