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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Campaign assistant Sidra pastes a sticker on a wall in streets of Jhelum.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

A transgender tries to convince a father to vote for Lubna. Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna is very popular among housewives in the area, because they are very familiar with her. She says its the women of the area who have given her the best response to her election campaign.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Transgender election candidate Lubna and her assistant asking for votes in a door to door campaign. Lubna says she has not encountered any abuse or threats from anyone from the city.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna during her election campaign in the streets of Jhelum.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Independent election candidate Lubna visits a home in the outskirts of Jhelum city.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna is targetting lower and middle class families for her campaign in the small city of Jhelum.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna, a transgender election candidate explains her manifesto to an old lady.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Independent transgender candidate Lubna campaigning in streets of Jhelum.

Very popular among the transgender community in Jhelum, Lubna is a former wedding dancer who decided to run for a seat in the provincial assembly. Now legally recognized, several transgender people are running for elections and working toward equal rights for the community.

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Transgender election candidate Lubna ...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

Lubna Lal talks to a man during her door to door and street campaign in Jhelum, Punjab. Its is the first time in history of Pakistan that transgenders are contesting elections.

46 years old Lubna Laal and Sidra roam around in streets of Jhelum, a city in North Punjab, distributing pamphlets and posters to housewives shopkeeper and common folk. The pamphlets contain Lubna Laal's election manifesto and her posters have a very beautiful and serious Lubna Laal posing as a politician. But its not an ordinary election campaign, Lubna Laal is a transgender and she is running for elections on a provincial assembly seat.

Lubna Laal's original name is Mujahid Kamran and she was born and raised in inner Jhelum city. She left house at an early age and did some schooling. Her main source of income like most transgenders in Pakistab was dancing in weddings and newborn baby celebrations. Now 46, Lubna has left dancing and now manages few other younger transgenders and lives with them in a small house in suburbs of Jhelum city.

Lubna Laal is very popular among housewives of inner Jhelum and equally loved by shopkeepers in bazaars of Jhelum. She says this popularity is because she's been working in these areas since a long time.

Lubna says the response to her campaign has been very positive and people have appreciated her hard work and passion. She aspires to become a provincial assembly member in the coming days. Her manifesto included program to educate transgender community and bring them in the mainstream.

Jhelum is a small city in north of densely populated Punjab province of Pakistan. It is home to very powerful and influential politicians who have no shortage of support and money.

Lubna Laal is very hopeful that she will give these politicians a tough time and that people of Jhelum will support her.

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Madam Lubna Laal - Transgender Electi...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
30 Apr 2013

Madam Lubna Laal
Transgender Election Candidate
Jhelum, Pakistan
People of Jhelum know me as Madam Lubna Laal.
Because my profession is dancing, visiting homes, dancing in functions and to get paid for this.
I am contesting elections from PP 26 and I’m hopeful that I‘ll be successful.
I was so happy on acceptance of my nomination papers. Everyone around was congratulating including media and lawyers, it made me so happy.
We did not have our Identity cards and society had a very narrow vision about us.
I am campaigning since last 15-20 days.
Response from people has been very good. Poor people like me, youth likes me, women like me and they are appreciating me that I’m taking part in elections.

Rubina Shahid
Housewife
Jhelum, Pakistan
They also should get a chance to take part in elections.
Like everybody else who contests in the election, transgender also have a right to do so.

Lubna:
We also will let people know that we are also human beings.
As you know before this, how people treated us in the society.
That image will be changed because of better educated transgenders.
20-30 years ago, the mentality of people was totally different.
The old perception of people is now changed because of educated people and because of educated candidates.

Mushtaq Ahmad
Shopkeeper, Pakistan
We know Madam Lubna very well she is our neighbor.
We are very happy that she is contesting in elections.
She is better than the people who were contesting before.
We are hopeful that if she succeeds, she’ll be good for us and she will work for us.
She is far much better than previous people.”

Lubna:
The main problem of Pakistan is electricity; this is the main issue we are facing.
We are in favor of eradicating corruption and non-payment of tax.
We are in favor of punishing tax offenders, stop corruption.
That’s how country`s economy will be on right way and our country will flourish.
Otherwise if this system continues by of taking turns of 5 years each. They have already taken four chances and people have lost confidence in them.

Muhammad Razzaq
Shopkeeper
Jhelum, Pakistam
“This is a good sign, everyone has his opinion, If she has taken decision to contest elections then its good. Everybody has the right to contest in elections. This is not a problem, This is a very good sign that they have felt this thing and they are contesting in elections we should support her.”

Lubna:
We have added everything in manifesto regarding transgenders, women, fuel shortage and also have talked about the poor infrastructure.
Also we have planned about the businessmen and we have pledged that justice will be at doorsteps of poor.
I appeal to people to make us successful and give us chance to your represent you in assemblies.

Transcription:

00:00:04:03 – 00:00:07:020
People of Jhelum know me as Madam Lubna Laal.

00:00:08:09 – 00:00:16:01
Because my profession is dancing, visiting homes, dancing in functions and to get paid for this.

00:00:16:13 – 00:00:24:06
I am contesting elections from PP 26 and I’m hopeful that I‘ll be successful.

00:00:24:17 – 00:00:35:22
I was so happy on acceptance of my nomination papers. Everyone around was congratulating including media and lawyers, it made me so happy.

00:00:36:06 – 00:00:40:10
We did not have our Identity cards and society had a very narrow vision about us.

00:00:40:18 – 00:00:43:29
I am campaigning since last 15-20 days.

00:00:44:06 – 00:00:55:24
Response from people has been very good. Poor people like me, youth likes me, women like me and they are appreciating me that I’m taking part in elections.

Rubina Shahid
Housewife
Jhelum, Pakistan

00:00:56:18 – 00:00:59:22
They also should get a chance to take part in elections.

00:00:59:22 – 00:01:02:17
Like everybody else who contests in the election, transgender also have a right to do so.

Lubna

00:01:03:14 – 00:01:09:03
We also will let people know that we are also human beings.

00:01:09:16 – 00:01:13:05
As you know before this, how people treated us in the society.

00:01:13:07 – 00:01:17:03
That image will be changed because of better educated transgenders.

00:01:17:10 – 00:01:28:03
20-30 years ago, the mentality of people was totally different. Now people in general and candidates think its goo that we are contesting.

Mushtaq Ahmad
Shopkeeper, Pakistan

00:01:29:15 – 00:01:32:09
We know Madam Lubna very well she is our neighbor.

00:01:32:10 – 00:01:35:21
We are very happy that she is contesting in elections.

00:01:36:05 – 00:01:39:17
We think she is better than the people who were contesting before.

00:01:39:19 – 00:01:47:17
We are hopeful that if she succeeds, she’ll listen to us, be good for us and she will work for us. She is far much better than previous people.”

Lubna:

00:01:48:03 – 00:01:54:07
The main problem of Pakistan is electricity; this is the main issue we are facing.

00:01:54:55 – 00:01:59:21
We are in favor of eradicating corruption and non-payment of tax.

00:02:02:10 – 00:02:07:14
We are in favor of punishing tax offenders, stop corruption.

00:02:08:01 – 00:02:08:12
Corruption should be eradicated. That’s how country`s economy will be on right way and our country will flourish.

00:02:08:14 – 00:02:29:23
Otherwise if this system continues by of taking turns of 5 years each. They have already taken four chances and people have lost confidence in them.

Muhammad Razzaq
Shopkeeper
Jhelum, Pakistam

00:02:30:03 – 00:02:35:09
“This is a good sign, everyone has his opinion, If she has taken decision to contest elections then its good.

00:02:35:11 – 00:02:44:23
Everybody has the right to contest in elections. This is not a problem, This is a very good sign that they have felt this thing and they are contesting in elections we should support her.”

Lubna:
00:02:44:18 – 00:02:54:24
We have added everything in manifesto regarding transgenders, women, fuel shortage and also have talked about the poor infrastructure.

00:02:55:02 – 00:03:05:06
Also we have planned about the businessmen and we have pledged that justice will be at doorsteps of poor.

00:03:05:14 – 00:03:12:15
I appeal to people to make us successful and give us chance to your represent you in assemblies.

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Funeral of the mother of the former P...
Warsaw, Poland
By jasza
23 Jan 2013

The funeral of mother of ex Polish President Lech Kaczynski - Maria Kaczynska.