Stories: Lgbtq

  • Who Bears the Brunt of Thailand’s Crackdown on Migrant Workers?

    It has been more than 10 years since Aye Min fled Myanmar amid the fighting between the military and the Karen nationalist forces. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Aye Min boarded a boat in 2006 and crossed the Moie river to Mae Sot, a district located at the border of Thailand and Myanmar. Now 43, Aye Min lives in a...

  • ‘I remember fleeing for my life.’ An LGBTQ Activist Faces the Violent Global Traditionalist Movement

    While the United States saw mostly-peaceful Pride rallies in recent days, activists in other countries have marched under the threat of imminent violence. From Russia to the former Soviet state of Georgia to the US, a frightening anti-gay movement is afoot. Istanbul-based journalist Pesha Magid was in Georgia to cover a march in the capital city. ...

  • Pakistan’s first trans model: ‘People think we’re sex workers but we can be doctor

    "Sex,” Kami Sid declares, “is between your legs. Gender is in your head.” Sid wants to get this into everyone’s head in Pakistan. A 26-year-old transgender activist, she is currently enjoying a breakthrough turn as a model who can carry off a sari while calling out Pakistanis for transphobia. Pakistan may seem like an...

  • Bisi Alimi on HIV Criminalization and Intersectionality

    Last month I got the opportunity to attend the annual AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, thanks to an International Reporting Project (IRP) fellowship. Amongst many enlightening sessions was a pre-conference keynote address given by activist Bisi Alimi. Though the narrative has mostly focused on him being the first Nigerian to publicly come out on Nigerian network television, Alimi is...

  • Recruiters for HIV Vaccine Network Hit Up Seattle Gay Bars, Hookup Sites

    Drag performer Aleksa Manila, resplendent in a red gown with diaphanous wings, sang while two shirtless young men danced. An exhibit by gay African-American artist Kehinde Wiley, known for his striking portraits of black men, was on view. Men and women, at the Seattle Art Museum for an April event celebrating queer and transgender people of color, chatted...

  • God’s Oligarch

    If being the subject of international sanctions is causing Konstantin Malofeev any stress, he’s not showing it. “The sanctions are a very stupid instrument that only Obama and his administration could believe will have any impact. It has not damaged my business,” he says. The 40-year-old multimillionaire, though, does allow that the sanctions have “had...