The Tough Life Of Transgenders

The Tough Life Of Transgenders

Transgender people are those who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex. This small difference makes life tough for them.

In Pakistan, the life of a transgender had never been easier. They don’t have basic human rights. They don’t get equal opportunities for education, employment and even transportation but still, there is hope.

We are witnessing a dramatic increase in transgender’s representation in culture, entertainment, politics, and business.

Marcia Malik became Pakistan’s first transgender news anchor. She is a journalism graduate and has worked as a model. She applied for the job to prove that transgenders are capable of doing any job.

Pakistan is one of the most conservative countries in the world who issues passports with a separate gender option to the transgenders. Farzana Jan was the first transgender to get the passport with this change. Transgenders have the right to live with dignity and avail all fundamental rights like everyone else get in our country.

There are health benefits for KPK’S transgender community but before that, many years transgenders have been neglected by the government and local societies.

According to a 2015 survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 29 percent of transgenders surveyed live in poverty and 30 percent had been homeless at some point in their lives. Their unemployment rate was 15 percent.

Many transgenders, now, get an employment and government also provides many benefits to them but still the situation is not that good.

A case in Pakistan got flamed when a transgender was shot by unknown militants. The administration got confused whether they should take it to the male ward or female ward in the hospital. Meanwhile, he died.

There are some medical conditions which make them transgender while some of them are transgender by their own choice. And the hardest part about being transgender is stereotypes, family rejection, tucking and difficult to deal with others.

And the sad part of their life is that people never support them. They cannot receive respect from society. I think things would have been easier for them if they had received support from their family. I want to convey this message to all parents that never disown your children even if they are transgenders. Love them, educate them and support them. If you will accept them then the society will accept them too. According to a survey, 4 out of 10 transgenders have attempted suicide because of the behavior of their family and society.

It is important that we give respect to transgenders and must feel that every person irrespective of its identity deserves the same rights as other human beings. We should also promote transgender issues by informing ourselves and others on the issues of transgenders. Talk to them, Get involved in their initiatives, work for a transgender organization and give them respect. At least we can do this for them.

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