Transgender Pride Parade was held in Pakistan

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The first ever rally for transgender rights in Lahore, Pakistan took place on December 29. It was held to encourage the government to develop and implement the laws which would legally protect transgender Pakistanis from being discriminated against on the basis of their gender identity on the nationwide level. Trans campaigner Neeli Rana insisted that Pakistan has grown enough as a country to start bothering about the rights of its transgender individuals – the government has already passed the bill to make it possible, so the trans Pakistanis are extremely grateful, but there is still a long way to go. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, passed by Pakistan’s Parliament in May 2018, allows people to self-identify as male, female or non-binary and to have that identity recorded on official documents, including passports and ID cards. Moreover, it will outlaw anti-trans discrimination in public places, including schools, hospitals and on public transport, and ensures trans citizens are given the right to vote in elections and run for office.

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