Transgenders have always been sidelined in our society simply for their sexual identity. This has resulted in the community not being privileged enough to get proper education, medical facilities or employment opportunities. While times are changing with transgenders raising their voice against the unfair discrimination, most misconceptions about them continue to remain the same. While recently passed laws in India give equal rights to them, the orthodox mindset of the society will, unfortunately, take quite some time to understand them as fellow human beings. Now, in a bid to make people think of transgenders as equal, a campaign led by Asian Pacific Transgender Network is aiming to stop transphobia in Pakistan. A video by titled shows the issues faced by Change The Clap and how they have stood for themselves.
The video received applause from Pakistan netizens after which celebrities also supported the cause. Popular actors from Pakistan took social voicing their support for the transgender community. The video campaign which focuses on changing “ridicule into applause” has some of the known transgender personalities.
In India, considering the recommendation of the standing committee on the transgender persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment decided to change the definition of the word transgender. According to the committee’s advice the word “neither wholly male nor female” to describe a transgender person has been removed. It also called for an end to discrimination based against those who do not conform to the gender assigned to them at birth. The court also ruled that transgender persons had equal rights to express themselves, make decisions about themselves and participate in community life.