Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Meet Marvia Malik, Pakistan's First Trans News Anchor!
Pakistan is an Islamic nation in which transpeople have been ostracized, shunned by family members, treated as a joke and at times violently attacked with a frequency only exceeded in Brazil.
But like here in the States and in other countries, the Pakistani trans community is getting landmark legal wins that are helping to open hearts and minds in the country.
became the first transgender news anchor in their nation. The 21 year old Malik is no stranger to breaking barriers in her nation. She recently became the first openly trans model to walk a fashion show runway there.
But her passion is journalism, and the private Kohenoor broadcast network based in Lahore decided to take a chance and hire her.
"I have made history in my country, and I vow to use my profession as anchor to help change the general attitude of our society towards transgender people."
Malik's determination to be a change agent is echoed by Farzana Jan, the head of Pakistan's Trans Action Alliance. Jan is hopeful that Malik will not only be a positive role model, but be a catalyst for further positive change in Pakistan.
"Thank God, one of us is going on television in a serious job," Jan said. "Previously we've been presented as a joke. I hope and I believe this will help us get our rights, our protection and our respect".
Your trans cousins around the world hope that what you have expressed comes true in Pakistan.
Congratulation to Marvia, and hope she has a long problem free career as a television anchor.