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How Gay is Pakistan?

Synopsis
Being gay is illegal in Pakistan. But, despite this, the country has a growing gay scene. So why are gay rights not being addressed? This is a complicated place, where homosocial behaviour, like men holding hands, is common and accepted. In returning to the country of his birth, presenter Mawaan Riswan talks to the people struggling to assert their sexuality against a complex backdrop. From the activists campaigning for gay rights despite the threat of violence, to the transgender sex worker considering surgery, and the men who identify as straight but enjoy gay sex, Mawaan discovers a fascinating world hidden from public view.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2016
Year of production
2015
Notes
First shown BBC3 20 October 2015.
Subjects
Social Studies; Politics & government
Keywords
homosexuality; Pakistan; lesbianism; gay rights; transgender people; bisexuality

Online availability

URI
https://store.bbc.com/how-gay-is-pakistan
Price
£1.89
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Director
Masood Khan
Producer
Masood Khan
Contributor
Mawaan Riswan

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£195
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
50 minutes
Year
2016

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
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Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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Name

BBC Store

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