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Story Publication logo September 14, 2016

Khawaja Siras: Just Living Life

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Ashi Jaan, age 45, takes a break from the protest to sit and smoke a cigarette while chatting with the rickshaw driver. Image by Ikra Javed. Pakistan, 2016.
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Are they cross-dressing males? Are they drag queens? Are they transgender women, or are they simply...

Being a khawaja sira in Pakistan certainly isn't easy with all the stigma and other-ing associated with a gender non-conforming cultural identity. Here Ikra Javed introduces us to everyday lives of Pakistan's khawaja siras. Beyond the begging, sex work, or colorful singing and dancing that many of them share, they each have their own story.

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