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Mani AQ

Executive Board Member of ILGA World
Co-Chair of ILGA Asia
Lahore Pakistan
Mani (he/him) is Co-Founder of HOPE – Have Only Positive Expectations and working as a Program Executor in the organization. HOPE works on:
- Enhancement of Mental Health.
- Providing safe-space / community center.
- Sensitization & Counselling Sessions.
- Monetary Support in emergency as well as support to access healthcare services especially mental health.
- Providing Legal Assistance
- Establishing a database to of employment vacancies for the community.

He is the first transgender man who changed his name & gender legally even before the Transgender Protection of Rights Act 2018 have been passed and now helping others to get their gender marker change, also he is was the part of the Transgender Bill process and now working hard on policies making and implementation of the Act, In addition to that he is closely working with medical sector so that community will get equal chance to pursue their medical transition under medical supervision as well as providing medical aid to LBT persons to avail medical facility to improve their mental health. Mani was one of the steering committee member of CALEM.EU which works on issues related to SOGIE.

He is an administrator of secret Facebook & WhatsApp groups for transgender men in Pakistan as well as Muslim transgender men globally. The groups function like a virtual safe space and provide transgender men in the country an opportunity to freely express themselves without fear of being exposed or of censure from anyone - they can also network with other transgender men from across Pakistan, share knowledge and strategize together. He is also networking with allies to build contacts, associations and relationships with people who are not from the community but can support the LGBTI community by introducing policy changes to improve the situation for LGBTI people in Pakistan.