Stereotyped as dancers, beggars and prostitutes, Pakistan's vibrant but shunned transgender community is striking out into politics with individuals contesting elections for the first time.
Transgender Sanam Faqeer, an independent candidate for Pakistan's forthcoming general elections, offers prayers at her residence in the southern city of Sukkur, April 5, 2013. Stereotyped as dancers, beggars and prostitutes, Pakistan's vibrant but shunned transgender community has struck out into politics, contesting elections for the first time.
They may only be seven out of 23,000 candidates with little chance of getting elected, but they have livened up an otherwise lacklustre campaign and set an important marker for their rights in the conservative Muslim country.
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