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Pakistan's parliament approves landmark transgender rights bill

Pakistani transgender activists.
Pakistani transgender activists. Photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday designed to protect the fundamental rights of transgender citizens, NPR reports.

The details: The new bill would protect transgender citizens from discrimination during medical treatment, confirm their right to run for office, require "Protection Centers and Safe Houses" set up by the government, and more. The bill is now moving to President Mamnoon Hussain's desk for his approval.