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Pakistan Issues First Transgender Passport

June 25, 2017 by staff · Comments Off 

Pakistan Issues First Transgender Passport, Farzana Riaz said the new passport would help her campaign globally on behalf of her community, who are also known as khawajasiras — an umbrella term in Pakistan denoting a third sex that includes transsexuals, transvestites and eunuchs. AFP
Pakistan has issued its first third-gender passport to a transgender activist, who hailed the move as a step forward for the marginalized community in the deeply conservative South Asian country.

Farzana Riaz, a transgender in northwestern Peshawar city, said the new passport would help her campaign globally on behalf of her community, who are also known as khawajasiras — an umbrella term in Pakistan denoting a third sex that includes transsexuals, transvestites and eunuchs.

“I have received my passport which mentions my gender as X and not as a male or female,” Farzana told AFP on Saturday.

“Earlier I had a passport which had described my gender as a male. But this time I told the authorities that I won’t accept my passport if it doesn’t identify me as a transgender,” the 30-year-old co-founder and president of rights organisation TransAction said.

“Now it will be more convenient for me to travel abroad because earlier I faced problems at international airports because of a contradiction in my appearance and sex mention on my passport,” she added.

Pakistan Issues First Transgender Passport

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