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With the spread of social media, Pride, a movement that began in the West in the 1970s, has become a digital experience, allowing for people in countries where it is dangerous to be queer to take part in whatever capacity they feel is safe. With the prevalence of major digital platforms came trending Pride hashtags and generally globally available content around queer identity, especially in June when Pride month is celebrated around the world. While this opened up the event for so many who were historically kept away from it, it also opened the doors to hate – the kind which affects those who live in countries hostile to queer people. One such country is Pakistan.
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