Pakistan The Third Gender

November 9, 2012 - 8:33 AM
In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, photo, a man, bottom left, offers money to Sonia, 26, a transgender Pakistani, while dancing at the birthday party of her transgender friend, Sana, not pictured, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Transgender people live in a tenuous position in conservative Pakistan, where the roles of the sexes are traditionally starkly drawn. Families often push them out of the home when they’re young, forcing many to prostitute themselves to earn a living. One role where they are tolerated is as dancers at weddings and other celebrations at which men and women are strictly segregated.(AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)