Gender Discourse and Transphobia in Pakistan’s Digital Sphere

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The recent controversy over the banning, and then limited release, of the globally acclaimed, award-winning movie ‘Joyland’ has opened up once again the place of the historic khawajasira community in Pakistan. Fatima Zahid Ali looks at the historical context of why their legal rights continue to be resisted, and how social media has become a platform to spread misinformation and hostility towards the community.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationLSE Impact Blog
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2022


  • transgender women
  • queer
  • queer media
  • language use
  • LGBT+ representation
  • LGBT
  • South Asian
  • Pakistan
  • postcolonialism
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • gender and norms


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