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Internet Has Joined Hands To Clap In Support Of Transgender Rights

The campaign #ChangeTheClap aims to stop transphobia in Pakistan.

Anurag Verma | CNN-News18@kitAnurag

Updated:December 15, 2017, 2:18 PM IST
Internet Has Joined Hands To Clap In Support Of Transgender Rights
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Despite facing social exclusion and being marginalised for years, the transgender community has come a long way to make their own space in the society.

Joyeeta who was once forced to beg and sleep on the streets after she left her home in 2009, became India's first transgender judge after facing all the odds that came her way.

Now, a campaign - Change The Clap - that will fill your heart with hope, has taken Pakistani Internet by storm. Spearheaded by the Asian Pacific Transgender Network, the campaign aims to stop transphobia in Pakistan.

Featuring Kami Sid amongst other prominent transgender personalities, the campaign focuses on changing "ridicule into applause".

Several Pakistani celebrities and Netizens are now taking to social media and uploading their clap video with hashtag #changetheclap to extend their support towards the community.

"Playing a part in standing up for equal rights for the transgender community, in full support with the #ChangeTheClap campaign. It is always okay to be different but it is never okay to be disrespectful. Change ridicule into applause! #ChangeTheClap"

"Change the way you deal with transgender people on a daily basis. Change the way you laugh or snigger at them on the roads. Change the way you think #ChangeTheClap #ayeshaomar"

"What might look like a small change in behaviour to you would mean the world to the transgender community #changetheclap"

"More power to the transgender community! #ChangeTheClap #ushnashah #equality #freedom"

There is some good news for the community back in India. In a boost to the rights of transgender persons, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has decided to amend the definition of the word transgender in keeping with the recommendation of the standing committe on the transgender persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016.

The word "neither wholly male nor female" to describe a transgender person has been removed, as per the advice of the Standing Committee.

It called for an end to discrimination based on gender against those who do not conform to the gender assigned to them at birth. The court also ruled that transgender persons had a right to make decisions about themselves, express themselves and participate in community life.

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