TPP and Similar Trade Agreements Will Not Lift Up LGBT Lives

The article from eight US ambassadors on the LGBT community and the Trans Pacific Partnership reiterated the government’s support for human rights, yet raised concerns on it’s optimism of the TPP’s projected outcomes. As a member of the LGBT community, I am keenly interested in the pursuit of rights and protections for this community at…

On the Edges of The Binary and Society: Sufism’s Role in Social Tolerance of Hijra and Transgender Communities in Pakistan (Academic Article)

Islamic society has been wary of accepting gender nonconforming individuals such as transgender people and hijras in South Asia. They face violence, discrimination from families, society, and the government, and rampant poverty within this group. Yet with Sufism as a major tradition in Pakistan, the second largest Islamic state, social tolerance towards the hijra and…

India’s Economic Growth and Domestic Consequences

As one of the largest and fastest growing economies, India is setting the world stage as a force alongside China, the US, and the EU. While its GDP growth percentage has declined in recent years, it has kept around 5-6% average per year, with 2006 at its highest at 9.2%. While it has benefited the…

While India Sees Transgender News Anchor, Pakistan Maintains Norms

Hijra is a term in South Asia for gender variant people, a sort of umbrella term within the larger transgender scope. The Hijra community has majority of their population in the Indian Subcontinent, as well as their long stretching history. The conditions between neighboring Pakistan and India for Hijras may be similar, but India’s progression…