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The Nation Weekly: January 13, 2023 Pakistan’s trans community, the honesty of “Atlanta,” the future of Russian journalism, and more

“Dr. Sarah Gill was just 14 when she ran away from home in Karachi. For most of her childhood, she had suffered the humiliation of feeling like a girl but being told she was a boy,” writes Hasan Ali. “One day…her parents had a male relative over for dinner. He took one look at her and sternly declared that her femininity would end up disgracing the household.”

After wandering the streets of Karachi, Sarah found a supportive community of transgender women in Pakistan. Ever since parliament passed the Transgender Persons Act in 2018, people like Sarah have been able to live more freely as themselves. For our latest issue, Ali explains the history and future of their story.

Pakistan’s Transgender Community Rises Up
In the wake of changing legal standards recognizing the self-determination of gender identity, transgender Pakistanis are taking steps to live openly.
Hasan Ali
The Honesty of “Atlanta”
After four seasons, Donald Glover’s television show leaves behind a fascinating and complicated legacy.
Vikram Murthi
Does Russian Journalism Have a Future?
Reflections of a glasnost-era veteran.
Nadezhda Azhgikhina
“The New Yorker” Goes All In on Our Precious Bodily Fluids
Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the virus.
Gregg Gonsalves
Will This Be the Year Dianne Feinstein Finally Retires?
California Representative Katie Porter has already announced her intention to run for the seat. But the 89-year-old senator hasn’t said she’ll step down.
Sasha Abramsky
Fintan O’Toole on the Next Insurrection, Plus Katha Pollitt on “She Said”
On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, lessons for a future coup and a review of a film about the reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story.
Jon Wiener, Start Making Sense
Brazil and Biden’s Foreign Policy
On this episode of The Time of Monsters, Matthew Duss and Stephen Wertheim discuss the president’s partial break from a failed consensus.
Jeet Heer
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