Conflict & Justice

The Role of Transgenders Changes in Pakistan

It is not uncommon in Pakistan that you walk through a market, or stand in a corner and encounter a beggar — a transgender beggar.

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The transgender men in Pakistan tend to stand out from the crowd. They dress in colorful female clothes with stuffed bras and wear bright make-up and shiny jewelry.

And transgender beggars are playful and provocative calling their male targets "darling" or "prince."

In general transgenders have an odd place in Pakistani society.

Once valued for their blessing and feared for their curse, they ae increasingly being sidelined.

Reporter Fahad Desmukh looks at the tight-knit community in Karachi, Pakistan and reports that transgenders are completely serious about who they are.

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    A demonstration organized last week by the Gender Interactive Alliance in front of the Karachi Press Club in Karachi (Photo: Fahad Desmukh)

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    A demonstration organized last week by the Gender Interactive Alliance in front of the Karachi Press Club in Karachi (Photo: Fahad Desmukh)

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