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'Madam' Will Make You Dance — And Think Twice About Transgender People

Progress is being made on transgender rights in Pakistan. But a new music video by a popular singer shows the discrimination that persists.
A scene from "Madam," a new music video by Pakistani singer Jimmy Khan. Source: Jimmy Khan Official/Screenshot by NPR

The music video is set to a catchy tune and starts out with two transgender women in bejeweled pink and red outfits, primping before a mirror. But it soon turns dark. They get disapproving stares in the marketplace and outside a mosque. And while they dance for cash at a bachelor party, the guests rough them up.

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