Uzma Yaqoob

Uzma Yaqoob

The author is a human rights activist and founder of Forum for Dignity Initiatives (FDI). For her tireless, ground breaking work she received the National Human Rights Award in 2016 by the President of Pakistan. She tweets at @fdipakistan (twitter.com/FDIPakistan)

Rights over respect?: “Madam, this is the Red Zone and ‘khusray’ are not allowed here”

To be transgender means being unsafe across the globe, mainly because the masses have neither the understanding of gender diversity nor the awareness that a gender non-binary exists. Specifically in Pakistan, an almost outright denial of the existence of transgender people has led to their marginalisation as well as a lack of respect from society at large. They face threats, harassment and humiliation on a daily basis, and are only seen as sex workers, dancers or beggars. The disrespect and discrimination reserved for them is across the board, as in my many years I have seen no exceptions to this, not even from ...

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