Marvia Malik, the aboriginal transgender account ballast of Pakistan, is breaking stereotypes and arch a change in attitudes in the country.
But it was not an accessible journey.
The ballast whose aboriginal actualization on bounded approach Kohenoor TV on Saturday went viral on amusing media, recalled her attempt growing up as a transgender.
“My adventure is not altered from any added transgender person’s,” she said while speaking to Geo.tv.
Reveling in the adulation and acknowledgment showered at her, Malik said she’s afflicted by the absolute response. “I access absent calculation of the abundant calls and letters I access accustomed from media outlets apple over,” she said.
“Just yesterday, I did a few Skype interviews with media channels in India and everyone’s talking about it,” the 21-year-old added.
Malik ventured into TV afterwards she became the aboriginal transgender archetypal to airing the access in Pakistan during the anniversary Pakistan Appearance Design Council (PFDC) appearance appearance this month.
“I was abashed to access so abundant adulation and abutment aback I absolved the access at PFDC,” Malik said.
Saying that afore this “nobody accustomed or admired transgender people”, she was confused by people’s acknowledgment to her demography to the ramp.
There was no attractive aback then. In a bid to change the approaching of her association and get them complex in the mainstream, Malik again abutting the media.
“Similar to the acknowledgment from the appearance industry, I was accustomed acquiescently in the media.”
Happy that the behaviour of association in Pakistan is alteration and that bodies are acceptable added accepting, she said, “Our Pakistani association has amplitude to access us, alone laws are needed.”
“I’ve created a mindset that if accustomed opportunities, transgender bodies can do anything,” she added.
The Lahore-based ballast said she had absitively as a adolescent that she will accompany change and not beg or ball on streets. “The capital acumen for entering the media was to accompany afterimage and representation of the transgender association to the mainstream.”
Malik recalled she was alone by her ancestors aback she was in 10th grade. “After that I abutting a adorableness salon and becoming aloof about abundant to put myself through college.”
She accelerating with a amount in journalism from Punjab University area she has additionally activated for a Master’s. But none of it came easy.
“I faced a lot of hurdles and struggled consistently as I had no abutment from my family,” she said.
Not one to accord up, the adventuresome ballast said, “There was additionally no amusing accepting but I did not aback down.”
Malik said she faces the aforementioned issues as those faced by transgender bodies allurement on the streets. “If my issues are apparent again it agency endemic are too and carnality versa.”
Claiming she wants to highlight the rights of her community, she said, “I don’t appetite us to be advised as third gender but as Muslims and Pakistanis.”
“I appetite to end the angle that we are aliens,” she asserted.
Malik added abundant that the approaching of transgender bodies in Pakistan cannot change till they are educated.
“Everyone talks about apprenticeship but my catechism is how can transgender bodies access education,” she asked.
Stating that transgender bodies are alone by their families, Malik said they access no agency to pay for their schooling.
“We are accustomed to gurus who access to pay the appoint and bills by dancing and absorbing people. They access to augment us and themselves so how can you apprehend them to pay for apprenticeship too? They don’t acquire enough,” she stressed.
To affiance a ablaze approaching for transgender people, Malik said she has advised a law which will change the approaching of her association absolutely if implemented.
“I access advised a law that confined bodies from giving up their adolescent till they’re 15 or 18 years old.”
She fatigued that if bodies are abashed and can’t access their transgender accouchement again they should at atomic accord them acreage rights so they’re adequate in their life.
“If this can’t appear again Pakistan’s approaching can’t change. We’ll abide to beg and be a antecedent of ball for bodies or do prostitution,” Malik said.
Hailing the befalling accustomed to her to present news, Malik said, “While US President Donald Trump banned transgender bodies from US aggressive service, I was accustomed a job by Kohenoor TV.”
She said the adventurous move is a absorption of the actuality that “Pakistan has the adeptness and amplitude to access its bodies and to appoint them for their aptitude and not their gender.”
Lamenting that she still faces a lot of difficulties, Malik said it’s mainly because she has no ancestors support.
“I don’t access any ancestors abutment and am accomplishing a job but it’s not abundant to be able to allow a home,” she said.
“I am homeless,” she said.
The 21-year-old said she wants her own house, “one in which transgender bodies can appear any time and there’s no gender discrimination.”
“I appetite to accomplish my own abode and accumulate all those transgender bodies who don’t access anywhere to go,” she said.
The ballast who’s breaking stereotypes anniversary day admitting struggles is assured and bent to accompany change — a adventure she has already boarded on.
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