Pakistan has issued its first transgender passport to Farzana Riaz, a 30-year-old transgender activist from Peshawar, Pakistan.
On the passport, Farzana’s gender identification is X, instead of being a male or female. Farzana believes this is a step forward of transgender communities, especially among conservative South Asian countries.
In 1997, Pakistan became one of the first countries legally recognizing a third sex, allowing transgender to obtain identity cards.
While transgender communities especially the Yan Daudu of the North have a rich history going back hundreds of years, Islamists continue to persecute them.