Justin Heifetz​​

LGBTQ

India's Transgender Hijra Community Searches for Acceptance

Advocates say a Supreme Court ruling granting rights and recognition to the community has done little to curb the sexual violence and poverty many face.
Justin Heifetz​​
7.19.17
LGBTQ

The Elderly Gay Filipinos Who Perform in Drag to Survive

For Manila's Golden Gays, drag is both a means of survival and a glimmer of hope.
Justin Heifetz​​
5.5.17
THE LOOKING GLASS ISSUE

Foreign Domestic Worker Abuse Is Rampant in Hong Kong

While most come for cash to support their families from abroad, many easily find themselves trapped in a cycle of violence and debt.
Justin Heifetz​​
4.4.17
Tonic

Failure Is Worse Than Death for Hong Kong

Last year, there were four student suicides over five days.
Justin Heifetz​​
3.30.17
DIVORCE

The Women Fighting for the Right to Leave a Marriage

In the Philippines, one of just two countries on the planet where divorce remains illegal, these women are trying to get divorce legalized by a notoriously brutal government.
Justin Heifetz​​
3.27.17
LGBTQ

Young Filipinos Discuss Their Fears Amid the Country's HIV Epidemic

As HIV infections there soar, students at the University of Philippines-Dilliman explain what's holding back progress.
Justin Heifetz​​
3.8.17
LGBTQ

Despite Progressive Neighbors, Hong Kong Remains Backward on LGBTQ Rights

The city lacks anti-discrimination laws for gay citizens and has funded "post gay" therapy, a practice closely linked to conversion therapy.
Justin Heifetz​​
1.26.17
News

How Hong Kong's Patchy Sex Work Laws Enable Predatory Cops

Sex workers and advocates say Hong Kong's laissez-faire, not-legal-but-not-illegal stance toward prostitution is leaving many women at the mercy of predators, some of them cops.
Justin Heifetz​​
11.29.16
Travel

The Struggles and Hard Choices of Hong Kong's Aging Mentally Challenged Population

With few places to turn, the families of the city's mentally challenged people often have to turn to facilities that are overcrowded and underfunded.
Justin Heifetz​​
9.7.16