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04/18/2013 06:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pakistan's Transgender Political Candidates Stake Claim In National Vote

TO GO WITH Pakistan-unrest-vote-sex,FOCUS by Khurram Shahzad  This photograph taken on April 5, 2013 shows transgender Sanam
TO GO WITH Pakistan-unrest-vote-sex,FOCUS by Khurram Shahzad This photograph taken on April 5, 2013 shows transgender Sanam Faqeer, an independent candidate for Pakistan's forthcoming general elections, brushing her hair at her residence as she prepares for campaigning in the southern city of Sukkur. Stereotyped as dancers, beggars and prostitutes, Pakistan's vibrant but shunned transgender community has struck out into politics, contesting elections for the first time as a distinct community. They may only be seven out of 23,000 candidates with little chance of getting elected, but they have livened up an otherwise lacklustre campaign and set an important marker for their rights in the conservative Muslim country. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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