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The ‘invisible democrats’ of Pakistan

“Our problem is that no one listens to us. That is our only problem.” These are the words of just one of Pakistan’s ‘invisible democrats’ — the transgender community that has remained largely unrepresented, exploited, ignored and looked down upon in society.

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31st August 2013 09:21

Alessia Valenza

Stereotyped as dancers, beggars and prostitutes, the vibrant but shunned transgender community recently struck out into politics, contesting the May 2013 elections for the first time as a distinct community. Despite such progress, the reality of their situation remains dismal.

Transgenders lament that due to a lack of wealth and political connections, their ability to stand in the elections as independent candidates is next to futile.

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