Trans during COVID-19 in Pakistan

During Covid-19 Pandemic, where the situation around the world is crucial, the situation in our country is getting more acute and more detrimental. Here, people are facing isolation for a few days, but there is a population in this country that has always lived in isolation being marginalized and defenceless. The population I am talking about is the mistreated, tortured, abused class of our country, who hardly receives any love and respect from family and society. I am here addressing on behalf of the transgender community of Pakistan.

Where people are getting paranoid about being in their own homes and living with their families, and our government is also facing issues while maintaining the lockdown; the transgender community is spending these days with grave concerns, like how to get food to eat, house rents and utilities. We have been suffering from starvation and deprivation from the past but during lockdown we are facing the most hostile times ever.

We want to raise a question that in regular days, no one hears the gender diverse community, in circumstances like lockdown who do we approach for help? Government officials have always showing insensitivity and disregard towards us.

Transgender people earn by begging here in Pakistan, and due to the current circumstances, their income is standing at a sum of zero. Being transgender has always meant facing decisive situations for every single step of our lives, we always prefer to have a sustainable life, even if the society rejects us. After facing violence and harassment and other vile incidents we endure, we know how to put a smile on our face, we build a box around our grief and distress but never mourn about it to anyone.

Today, where the whole world is facing a crucial situation, this is the right moment where people should be motivated to help the transgender community of Pakistan. So that we can build an understanding of people about the lifetime isolation and marginalization of our people, by showing humanity and equality we can fight through this hard time together, and make sure that even after the pandemic situation ends we will show solidarity, respect and equity towards all especially gender diverse communities.