Karachi: 19 October 2022: The talk that I was stopped from giving at the now infamous TEDx at ISL, has just been published in the International Marxist - Humanist Journal, with a brilliant write up by Rehmah Sufi.
Gender and sexuality are complex subjects, which we continue to learn about in various fields of knowledge, including biology, psychology, history, literature, and anthropology. The myths and stigmas surrounding gender diversity and non-heteronormative sexuality are deeply entrenched in our social, economic, religious, political, and cultural lives no matter where we live. The best sources to learn from are people affected by these stigmas and ritualized norms. As Dr. Mehrub’s talk points out, gender and sexual diversity has existed for much longer than the laws and empires that criminalized it. Pakistan’s colonial past is still very much present, not just in the inhumane and oppressive laws that were introduced by the British and are still enforced, but also in the ahistorical and knowledge proof attitude of folks trained in systems of education stripped of their indigeneity.