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Pakistan: Transgender community fights for rights

LAHORE, Pakistan -- The transgender community in Pakistan has gained ground with the Supreme Court recognizing a third gender on national identity cards, however, it remains widely discriminated against in the conservative society.

Transgender people are often found living at the margins of society with low social status and few employment opportunities. They generally earn a living through begging, or engaging in the sex trade, or as dancers at weddings and other celebrations where men and women are strictly segregated.

To fight discrimination and violence, transgender activists are working at the Khawaja Sira Society (KSS), a drop-in center under the umbrella of local Pakistani NGO Naz Male Health Alliance.

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