The transgender community has long suffered from the hands of society. They have often been disrespected and ridiculed with people mimicking the way they clapped to mock them.
Launched by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network, the new campaign #ChangeTheClap aims to change this mindset. It's about time transgenders are given equal opportunities and respect. Kami Sid, Pakistan's first transgender model joined hands to support the #ChangeTheClap campaign that addresses the need to appreciate transgenders and stop the mockery.
The campaign also intends to raise awareness about the hurdles faced by transgenders and make a difference by simply uploading a video of yourself changing the way you clap. Each video posted will contribute to creating equal opportunities and educational outreach for the transgender community.
Many Pakistani celebrities stood by this cause and posted videos of themselves to show their support.
Model took to Instagram and captioned the video, "No matter how different someone is, they deserve respect and equality. I applaud these strong individuals for their bravery and valour. #ChangeTheClap"
Baaghi actor Osman Khalid Butt also shared his views on the issue. He wrote, "I grew up in a society where the very term 'hijra' was, and still is, used mockingly to question masculinity; where the transgender community was seen as freaks of nature: to be indulged for a quick, nasty laugh; paraded, perhaps at weddings for entertainment, but never respected... never seen as human. No. This cannot continue. It's time we change ridicule into applause. It's time we show the transgender community that they are not children of a lesser God. Change your mindset. #ChangeTheClap #SupportTransgenderRights"
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I grew up in a society where the very term 'hijra' was (and still is) used mockingly to question masculinity; where the transgender community was seen as freaks of nature: to be indulged for a quick, nasty laugh; paraded, perhaps at weddings for entertainment.. but never respected.. never seen as human. No. This cannot continue. It's time we change ridicule into applause. It's time we show the transgender community they are not children of a lesser God. Change your mindset. #ChangeTheClap #SupportTransgenderRights https://www.facebook.com/WeAreAPTN/videos/1993826854169286/
Ace-designer Munib Nawaz wasn't one to stay quite either. He also wrote that it was time to stop shaming transgenders.
The Bulbulay actor Ayesha Omer penned, "Change the way you deal with transgender people on a daily basis. Change the way you laugh or snigger at them on the roads. Change the way you think #ChangeTheClap"
Even Jawani Phir Nahi Aani star Ahmed Ali Butt shared his opinion, "A clap to seek forgiveness, appreciate and applaud the transgender community for simply being themselves. You have our full support #ChangeTheClap"
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