Pakistan held a sports day for trans people and the photos are amazing

Pakistan held a sports day for trans people and the photos are amazing

Celebrating at Pakistan’s Transgender People Sports Festival. | Photo: TransAction Pakistan

Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) region has a very complicated relationship with its trans community.

It’s where the most violent murders of trans women have happened – 57 in the past three years alone. But it’s also the scene of some positive steps forward.

Earlier this year, local police taught 15 trans women to drive and issued them with licences in their true gender. Last month, the region opened the first school in Pakistan for trans students.

But on Tuesday (15 May) it held a fun sports day for the community in the region’s capital city, Peshawar. The first ever Transgender People Sports Festival was held at the Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium.

Local council member, Naumanul Haq, spearheaded and funded the event which featured sports such as; archery, cricket, badminton, potato sack racing, musical chairs, soccer and tug of war.

KP’s Director General Sports Junaid Khan was on hand to give out trophies to winning players and teams.

The aim of the sports day was to promote better awareness of the trans community and to help end transphobia.

TransAction Pakistan, a prominent advocacy group, simply described the day as ‘happiness is sports’.

Things are looking up for the trans community as Pakistan recently passed a Transgender Bill of Rights which will increase the equality of trans people across the country.

Check out the fun photos here:

1.

Trans people playing badminton

Pakistan’s Transgender People Sports Festival. | Photo: TransAction Pakistan

2.

a group of trans women holding one trophy above their heads

Holding up a trophy at Pakistan’s Transgender People Sports Festival. | Photo: TransAction Pakistan

3.

A trans woman in black preparing a bow and arrow to play archery being instructed by a man in a white t=shirt

Pakistan’s Transgender People Sports Festival. | Photo: TransAction Pakistan

4.

Trans women getting ready to race in a potato sack race. their sacks are white and they are wearing them over their legs

Pakistan’s Transgender People Sports Festival. | Photo: TransAction Pakistan

5.

Woman drawing a bow and arrow pointed at an archery target

Pakistan’s Transgender People Sports Festival. | Photo: TransAction Pakistan

6.

a woman kicking a soccer ball as two other women look on

Pakistan’s Transgender People Sports Festival. | Photo: TransAction Pakistan

6.

A woman at a cricket wicket hitting a ball with a cricket bat, she's wearing orange

Pakistan’s Transgender People Sports Festival. | Photo: TransAction Pakistan

 

 

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