Pakistani now can change gender without a medical approval

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Pakistani transgenders carry placards as they rally to mark World Aids Day in Karachi on November 30, 2013. World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. AFP PHOTO/Asif HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Legislators in Pakistan have approved a major reform which is a massive step forward to trans acceptance in the country which is known for its poor record in the transgender rights. The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights passed a string of proposed amendments to ‘The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017′ Monday which means that to be recognize by the gender you self-identify with you won’t need any confirmation from the doctors. “The transgender community is opposed to the idea of setting up a medical board that should determine their gender fearing that they might be subjected to embarrassment and harassment,” Senator Nasreen Jalil, Chair of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights said, “The bill provides protection to the members of transgender community and prohibits attack on their self-esteem and mistreatment.” The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) was consulted about the Bill, who agreed that there is no need of approving gender identity by medical staff.

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