I’ll paraphrase Virginia Woolf and say that the history of people’s hostility to trans freedom is more intriguing than the story of emancipation itself.
Our legislative authorities have failed to protect the rights of the people. The most tragic element of our country’s human rights history is that it has mostly concentrated on safeguarding fundamental liberties.
Even in the twenty-first century, the people of Pakistan continue to ask their elected leaders to establish legislation safeguarding women, children, transgender individuals, and religious minorities, which is nothing more than a fundamental right granted by the constitution.
Religious parties in the country are currently resurrecting an old argument to fight the transgender rights bill. The Transgender Person Protection of Rights Act of 2018 is a forward-thinking measure that has received unanimous support from both the government and the opposition. It is one of just a handful such statutes.
It strives to provide transgender persons with the right to identification, dignity, education, health, and employment, which is essentially just the right to exist. The act specifies the word “transgender,” which should reduce the stigma associated with members of this group.
Most people misunderstand the law, which leads to erroneous allegations leveled against the community. Many of them thought the Act promoted and legitimised same-sex relationships.
While some people confuse “gender identity” with “gender dysphoria,” others see it as a “cultural invasion” by the West. Some have incorrectly connected the act to the failure of the country’s marriage system.
It’s fascinating to see our people develop a rationalization while linking an issue to a conspiracy. These concerns are completely unwarranted. The Act makes no mention of the terms “marriage” or “same-sex” or expressions with similar connotations.
Most people are unaware that the prevalent transphobia in South Asia is the result of a genuine worldwide plan by imperialist Britain.
When a person’s biological sex and gender do not match, they may experience gender dysphoria, which is wrongly referred to as a “disorder.”
Another difficulty in this circumstance is that right-wing politicians are zealous about pushing their interpretation of the term “transgender.” This is patronizing and a further attempt to marginalize an already downtrodden part of Pakistani society.
It is still unclear why they wish to maintain things the same. Either their perspective is skewed due to ignorance, or their hostility to the community is a populist tactic.
In all cases, there is no intention to modify the public’s perception of the transgender people.
To make sense of the law and other purposefully suppressed truths, it is critical to shed some light on the basic difficulties. The bulk of individuals speaking out against the rights bill do not understand the words employed in the legislation. Our educational system is equally to blame.
Life is difficult. Sexual orientation, gender identity, and biological sex are all complex ideas. Despite their differences, they are commonly used interchangeably.
Biological sex is revealed at birth. People are biologically either male or female. It is it in terms of biological sex. Gender is next in line. It is defined as the general collection of social roles associated with either men or women.
Typically, if a baby is a male, the family chooses to nurture him or her with manly characteristics, and if a girl, the family chooses to nurture her with feminine characteristics. Cisgendered people are those whose gender matches their biological sex.
However, a person’s gender does not necessarily correlate to their biological sex. The term “transgender” is suggested. This is not, in any way, a sickness or a disorder.
Transgender persons are also either biologically male or female, which means they are born with either male or female anatomical components. Gender is the distinction between their declared gender and their biological sex.
As a result, individuals who are biologically categorised as either male or female may display feminine or masculine features.
This regulation is all about deciding whether to identify as masculine or feminine based on one’s gender preference. For the first time, a transgender person can legally identify as their authentic self.
The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act of 2018 and the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules of 2020 are distinct pieces of law. Reading the former may clear up any confusion concerning the latter. If the people had read the two passages, they would see that the response is unwarranted.
Having said that, it is critical to prevent the abuse of any law, including this one. It still requires a few tweaks to be finished.
Those who raise concerns about the legislation must appreciate that it, like any other law, will evolve with time. More gender specialists must be engaged in order for the law to make sense. A variety of other often misunderstood terms, such as transsexuality and pronouns, have definition gaps. The bill, on the other hand, is a great place to start.
If all goes as planned, transgender persons will be able to participate in the legislative process. Transgender representation, after all, is critical for the formulation of community-specific regulations.