Maria B schools netizens about Transgender Act once again

Noor Fatima 07:12 PM | 14 Dec, 2022
Maria B schools netizens about Transgender Act once again
Source: Maria B (Instagram)

Famous Pakistani fashion designer Maria B is in town to school "the illiterate and deliberately ignorant" people in Pakistan about the Transgender Act and its aftermath.

For starters, the transgender law was passed a few months ago to which many people objected and demanded an amendment. Among many people was Maria B who has often explained the difference between 'transgender' and 'intersex' individuals. Although the ace haute couture designer has been criticised heavily for sounding ignorant herself, it didn't demoralise her.

For the unversed, the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018 is a law in Pakistan which aims to provide equal rights to transgender people and safeguard their rights through legal recognition. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act gave transgender people in Pakistan the right to choose their gender identity as they perceived it themselves and change it on previously issued government documents.

Maria B was recently invited by actor Ahmed Ali Butt to his show, Super Over, where the diva was asked to differentiate between the two genders.

The fashion designer said, “There is an important issue which needs to be discussed, in Pakistan, we have an intersex community, which is known as the Khwajasara community. Recently, an act for intersex community was passed which was hijacked by people who pretend to be interesex but they are not. The bill doesn't entirely cater to the intersex community rather promotes a hidden agenda."

Maria continued, "We are working with Jamat E Islamic Senator Mushtaq to give rights to the intersex community on a priority basis."

Maria concluded her statement with the difference between the two communities, suggesting, "The transgenders are people who were once a normal girl or a boy but thought they had opposite gender’s traits, leading them to declare their desired gender instead of the one assigned at birth."

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For those confused between the two terms/communites; a transgender person is someone whose gender identity or gender expression does not correspond with their sex assigned at birth. Many transgender people experience dysphoria, which they seek to alleviate through transitioning, often adopting a different name and set of pronouns in the process. 

On the flip side, Intersex people are individuals born with any of several sex characteristics including chromosome patterns, gonads or genitals that, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies".

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279 282
Euro EUR 296.67 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The gold price in Pakistan dropped by Rs4,300 per tola to reach Rs200,000 on Tuesday as it lost ground on second consecutive day after witnessing mostly bullish trend last week.

As per the All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of 10 grams of 24 carats gold decreased by Rs3,686 to settle at Rs171,468.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity dropped by $1 to reach $1,869 per ounce.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market slumped by Rs20 per tola and Rs17.14 per 10 grams to reach at Rs2,230 and Rs1,911, respectively.


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