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Transgender Afghans escape Taliban persecution only to find “a worse situation” as refugees in Pakistan

Islamabad — Issues of gender and sexuality have long been taboo in ultra-conservative Afghanistan, and more so since the Taliban retook control of the country in 2021. For some members of the LGBTQ community, the Taliban’s comeback seemed too much of a risk, so they fled to neighboring Pakistan with countless other Afghan refugees. In late 2023, Pakistan started…

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