August 5, 2017

ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE:

Pakistan's traditional third gender isn't happy with the trans movement (Mobeen Azhar, 7/29/17, PRI)

Bindiya Rana is the grand matriarch of the third gender community in Karachi. She doesn't prescribe to the transgender identity. She is a Khawaja Sira, so revered that she is a guru (teacher) to more than 50 chelahs or apprentices. 

This relationship has a parental element and is a cornerstone of Khawaja Sira culture. Each chelah pledges allegiance to their guru, as they did to their guru before them. These family trees provide acceptance, social support and financial backing. Most chelahs give a percentage of their income to their gurus. It's a lifetime commitment that allows the establishment of families that often replaces biological lineage. 

But those who identify as transgender, like Choudary, don't prescribe to the guru-chelah system. As a result, Rana and her chelahs view the transgender identity as alien and even immoral.  

"If you don't have a guru, we don't recognize you. These people who say they are transgender; that concept is just wrong," says Rana. "They can never be women. They cannot give birth. Even if they change their bodies they can't change who they are. We are not women. We are what Allah has made."    

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