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Dancing despite the fear

Pakistani Waseem Akram, 27, dances during a private party in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Jan. 15. By day, Akram sells mobile phone accessories from an alleyway shop in an old neighborhood of this Pakistani city. But by night he becomes Rani, a female wedding party dancer.

AP Photos/Muhammed Muheisen
Pakistani Waseem Akram, 27, dances during a private party in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Jan. 15. By day, Akram sells mobile phone accessories from an alleyway shop in an old neighborhood of this Pakistani city. But by night he becomes Rani, a female wedding party dancer.



EDITOR'S NOTE — Muhammed Muheisen, chief photographer in Islamabad for The Associated Press, spent two years talking with Pakistan's cross-dressing men and the transgendered, working to gain their trust to offer a rare glimpse into their lives in this conservative country...

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