Forty transgender people took the Scout oath Friday in Karachi becoming the first in our community to join the Pakistan Boy Scouts.
This historic event sends a clear message that the Pakistan Boy Scout Association (PBSA) has joined a growing global movement in welcoming both cisgender and transgender scouts.
In 2017 The Boy Scouts of America began welcoming transgender boys announced later that year that cisgender girls will also be allowed to fully participate in the BSA beginning 2018.
Bindya Rana President of Gender Interactive Alliance GIA an organization working for transgender issues in Sindh thanked Blue Veins and PHRO for making this possible. She said, “Scouting can play a very vital role in forming the character of our youth, promoting their physical, mental and spiritual development and making them well disciplined, useful and good citizens.”
Farzana Jan president of TransAction Alliance and the only one from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to be admitted to the PBSA so far said that transgender community in Pakistan is extremely happy about this move,
“We feel that we are recognized as equal citizens of Pakistan and we are glad to see that the level of our acceptance is increasing. The inclusion of transgender community as scouts is true to the mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent.”
Qamar Naseem Program Coordinator Blue Veins and transgender rights activist who played a key role to make this a reality in Pakistan said, ”This is another historic day for the transgender community in Pakistan. Another major step towards recognition of transgender community has been taken.”