A new law lets people self-identify their gender on official documents and offers protection to 13 trans candidates in this week’s election

Pakistan elections: who is standing and what is at stake?

Transgender people in Pakistan were once cast out, marginalised, murdered even. Now they are running for election.

The country is conservative and deeply religious and homosexuality is illegal, but it has nonetheless introduced laws that are at the global forefront of trans rights. Pakistan has officially recognised a third gender since 2009.

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