Pakistan’s Parliament Passes Transgender Rights Bill

21-year-old Marvia Mali is Pakistani's first transgender news anchor.

A new law in Pakistan could provide the country with its first transgender protections if signed into law.

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act will allow for people to pick the gender identity displayed on official documents like passports and driver's licenses, according to NPR. The law also has protections against discrimination at work, in school or with medical care.

“Efforts like this are not led by few individuals,” activist Mehlab Jameel tweeted.  “They are a result of collective & prolonged struggle of the community over decades. People who protested on roads, those who bore brutalities on their bodies, those who suffer in silence -- this is a result of their pain & labor.”

Jameel helped draft the bill with senators in the country starting around January 2017. There is no timetable for when it would go into effect if signed into law.

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