Marvia Malik, Pakistan’s First Transgender Newscaster, Wants to Change Societal Attitudes Toward Her Community

By Anas Saleem

Marvia Malik has made history in Pakistan’s media industry by purportedly becoming the country’s first transgender news anchor.

The 21-year-old from Lahore, who has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, applied to work at Kohenoor News, a private news channel. The chief executive officer of Kohenoor News, a private news channel, says Malik was hired on merit, and Malik made her on-air debut on 23 March. Read more

Group says Duterte’s LGBT promises ’empty’

By Mark Kevin Reginio of UP-CMC for Kodao Productions

The Rodrigo Duterte government has done little for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) sector a year into its term, a group said in a forum held at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Gender Office Friday.

LGBT group Bahaghari-Metro Manila said Duterte’s campaign promises were only “charot” (empty) as these were never translated into action.

Mayroon bang nangyari? O, katulad ng marami, charot lang?” Bahaghari member Andrew Zarate asked. Read more