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Milla: Being Transgender in India

Christopher Taylor Barry | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Christopher Taylor Barry

A professional actress, Milla is taking time off to prepare for her "final cut" in Thailand. Her transition is nearly complete, and life right now seems better as completion approaches. But what is "better"? How can I possibly understand? Life as a transgender person is not easy anywhere. In India life for transgender people is hard, but in some ways it is strangely better too.

Asian Persuasians

George Heymont | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Western culture isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Comparative studies of Judeo-Christian versus Eastern religions and philosophies reveal much greater depth and breadth in some areas of Shintoism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

Outside Of The Binary: Exploring India's Third Gender

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 05.15.2014 | Gay Voices

When photographer Jill Peters first traveled to India in 2007, she was intrigued by what she at first believed to be male cross-dressers making their ...

Our Evolving Multi-Gender Society

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

These are exciting times as the freedom to self-determine is allowing a myriad of identities to arise. My personal belief is that the binary will survive and be strengthened as the borders of the two main categories become softened and the codes that determine qualification are loosened.

Pakistan's First Transgender Candidate

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2013 | World

By Insiya Ahmed KARACHI, Pakistan May 9 (Reuters) - Even among the colourful cast of mullahs, labourers and idealists standing in Paki...

The Hijra: Movement Of God's People

Omid Safi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Omid Safi

The Islamic calendar does not begin with the year of Muhammad's birth, nor does it begin with the commencement of revelation to Muhammad. Rather, it begins with this purposeful move of the Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.

Lack of Coverage on Transgendered Pakistanis Shows Bias in US Media

Sanjeev Bery | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sanjeev Bery

For American reporters and editors, Pakistan only exists in the context of security concerns: the Taliban, terrorism, fundamentalist Islam, and the war in Afghanistan. Outside of this context, there is no Pakistan.