Behind the Curve

The U.S. is often a little ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting new social policies or embracing social practices that at one time were considered unacceptable.

But then there’s transgender rights.

We’ve come a long way here when it comes to transgender rights, but not as far as…


Yes, Pakistan.


Last month, NPR reported that

Pakistan’s parliament passed a landmark bill…that gives the country’s transgender citizens fundamental rights.

The Transgender Persons (Protect of Rights) Act allows people to choose their gender and to have that identity recognized on official documents, including national IDs, passports and driver’s licenses. The bill prohibits discrimination in schools, at work, on public modes of transit and while receiving medical care.

 The measure also says that transgender people cannot be deprived of the right to vote or run for office. It lays out their rights to inheritance, in accordance with their chosen gender. And it obligates the government to establish “Protection Centers and Safe Houses” — along with separate prisons, jails or places of confinement.

 Meanwhile, here in the U.S. we still have people concerned that men are getting their schmeckles cut off and growing breasts just so they can go into women’s rest rooms and leer at the only women you can see in women’s rest rooms:  those who are fully dressed because they’re not in a stall doing their business.

Pakistan.  Pakistan is more progressive than us on this subject.



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