13 trans candidates in Pakistan’s election

The country is conservative and deeply religious and homosexuality is illegal, but it has nonetheless introduced laws that are at the global forefront of trans rights. Pakistan has officially recognised a third gender since 2009.

Laws were liberalised still further in March with a wide-ranging piece of legislation that grants intersex people, eunuchs and trans men and women the option to self-identify their gender on official forms. A person born male can now hold a female passport.

There are 13 trans candidates to choose from in Wednesday’s election.

One reason for the growing acceptance of the trans community springs from an unlikely source – Pakistan’s mullahs. The Council of Islamic Ideology, a government body that has deemed nine-year-old girls old enough to marry and approves the right of men to “lightly” beat their wives, has offered some support to trans rights.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/23/pakistani-transgender-people-office-election

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