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Opinion

Pansexual Visibility Day: Challenges remain in Pakistan

Pakistan’s society is highly influenced by religious and patriarchal values, and therefore the acceptance of LGBTIQ+ people is almost zero.

In 2018, Pakistan’s parliament passed the Transgender Persons Right to Protection Act, which is still not implemented and remains in documents only.

Activists who advocate for equal rights for LGBTIQ+ people are persecuted and targeted, accused of blasphemy and breaching cultural and religious values.

While the world celebrates Pansexual Visibility Day, numerous challenges exist in Pakistan, including no rights for people of diverse genders and no acceptance of pansexuality or other diverse orientations.

People of diverse sexualities in Pakistan are persecuted and unable to express their sexual orientation because of societal stigma and fear of being killed, sometimes experiencing the worst stress and psychological violence from family members.

Young transgender people are disowned by their families, and due to no equal opportunities, forced into begging or sex work.

Similarly due to family pressure, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and pansexual people cannot enjoy the right to their sexuality and are forcibly married without their choice or consent.

Pakistani law criminalizes same-sex relationships and people cannot openly discuss their sexual orientation or any attraction towards gay, lesbian, or transgender persons.

Cisgender men and women cannot openly discuss their sexual attraction towards diverse genders as it is considered taboo, and basic sexual health discussions are still unacceptable in Pakistan.

People with emotional or sexual attraction towards diverse genders must secretly arrange dates and meetings due to religious and societal stigma.

Under Pakistani law, same-sex relationships can lead to imprisonment for life.

Similarly, people cannot have open sexual or romantic relations before marriage due to religious, social, and legal restrictions.

While the world has gone ahead, pansexuality is still never celebrated in Pakistan – people who wish to celebrate pansexuality and enjoy their right to sexuality are persecuted and charged.

Activists have succeeded in lobbying for enactment of separate laws to protect transgender persons only, but religious and societal pressure and gaps in the law don’t allow everyone to enjoy their sexuality and exercise their rights.

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