Amidst the violent treatment Pakistan’s transgender community is facing, trans rights activist Kami Sid chose not an oral but the most palpable way of voicing the normality of the community, and it is creating buzz today.
Pakistan's first trans model has made her debut, and she embodies magnificence. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/guHrWgplUn
— westfall aimal ✊
Check out the photos:
Kami posed for the shutterbugs in collaboration with Karachi-based stylist Waqar J. Khan, photographer Haseeb M. Siddiqi, and makeup artist Nighat Misbah to portray the powerful message through fashion.
Pakistan's first Trans model's shoot, every single picture is so powerful. pic.twitter.com/cPnEkK6lWl
— sharbatey (@GulabJamunHigh) November 29, 2016
According to BuzzFeed India, the photoshoot is dedicated to fighting against transphobia in Pakistan.
Through these photos, Kami celebrates the beauty the trans community is gifted with.
— ZAINAB!!!!!!!!!! (@turmericqueen) November 28, 2016
Besides speaking at several events, and giving scores of interviews, Kami was also featured in the BBC documentary How Gay Is Pakistan?
— Imaan Sheikh (@sheikhimaan) November 28, 2016
Kami aims at making a better and stereotype-free Pakistan that would give the transgender people their righteous stand.
This year particularly, Pakistan has reported many incidents of violence against the transgender community. For example, in May, a 23-year-old trans woman, Alisha, was taken to a Peshawar hospital after she was shot at. Later, she was denied treatment and died. Similarly, videos of sexual assault of transgender Pakistanis have been gone viral in the last few months. In fact, over 45 transgender Pakistanis have been killed since 2015 in the country’s northern province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, BuzzFeed India reported.
The violence needs to be solved, and it has to be now. And, to do that activists like Kami are making their lives’ challenges public for all to see. That’s the only way in which the stigma the transgender community faces on a daily basis in Pakistan will go away. We wait for the moment when this community will no longer be marginalised in our society.
Feature Image Credit: Muhammad Haseeb Siddiqui
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