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Pakistan Issues First Transgender Passport

June 25, 2017 by staff 

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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