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SOCIETY: TRANS AND PREJUDICE



Members of the transgender community chant slogans during a protest outside the Peshawar Press Club | White Star


In 2018, Pakistan passed The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, which not only prohibited discrimination against transgender people in schools, offices and public transport, but also allowed transgender people to choose their gender on official documents.

This legislation is one of the biggest steps taken by the country to ensure transgender rights and recognise their right to determine their identity. The Act explicitly defined gender identity as “a person’s innermost and individual sense of self as male, female or a blend of both or neither; that can correspond or not to the sex assigned at birth”, and gender expression as “a person’s presentation of their gender identity, and/or the one that is perceived by others.”




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