In 2017 census, Pakistan documented its transgender population for the first time. Transgenders cover 0.005 percent of the population as per their estimated number to be over 10,000. In spite of this, they face problems and hardships to live peacefully in Pakistan.
In 2018, Pakistan passed the historic Transgender Persons Protection of Rights Act, allowing them to choose their gender and to have identity recognition on official documents, including nation IDs, passports and driver’s licenses.
Farzana Jan, President of the TransAction alliance in Pakistan was issued the first passport. Her gender is classified as X on official documentation, a new classification option only introduced in the country.
Since then, the trans community is becoming a prominent part of the society. Many organizations have started giving employment to them.
Here is a list of some trans individuals who refused to beg on the streets and chose to break the stereotypes.
1- Mariva Malik
Marvia Malik, a journalism graduate is Pakistan’s first trans anchor hired by a private news channel in Lahore.
Her first job was as a makeup artist at a beauty salon in Lahore. Not only this, Marvia had appeared on the ramp at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week last year.
Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal hired Faisal, its first trans Naib Qasid. PBM is a charity and social welfare organisation which help the poor and needy in Pakistan.
Moon, a Lahore based transgender activist has recently started her own food delivery service in the city. Not only is the food made by members of the community, but their riders and marketing executives are also from the same community. Through this, Moon has given employment to many trans individuals to live a better life.