United And Proud
The British Government has taken many positive steps in the development and equality for the lgbtq community here in the UK. However life for many of the lgbtq community worldwide, a bias based on their sexual orientation or gender identity can make daily life extremely challenging or dangerous.
The lgbtq community often faces obstacles to education, employment, quality healthcare, and housing. Today, more than 70 countries still have laws that are used to criminalise homosexuality. In the US, American President has banned both active serving and reserved army transgender personnel from being part of the US army.
In many parts of Asia and Africa transgender people are openly persecuted and ridiculed in society. However, in a ray of unexpected hope, in June 2017, Pakistan became one of the first countries in the world to issue the marginalised transgender community its first passport with a transgender category as an important milestone in the struggle against discrimination. The South Asian nation issued a passport to prominent transgender activist Farzana Riaz with an X to symbolise the third sex printed under the gender category of the travel document.
The transgender community worldwide welcomed and praised the government’s decision, saying it was a forward step in Pakistan’s history and for the global transgender community to finally be given an identity. Incidentally, Pakistan also has an active transgender representation in Parliament.
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