Inclusive safe spaces
Safe spaces remove the barriers preventing LGBT people from communicating and supporting each other. A safe community space provides a friendly atmosphere of social and emotional support for minority communities who are particularly vulnerable or at elevated risk for violence.
‘Solidarity Circle’ meetings
Solidarity circles provide places for members of the LGBT community to connect and support each other. We believer that genuine change in a society happens at the hands of action within that society, not imposed from the outside.
To best serve all the different groups in the LGBT community and around Pakistan, we want to develop a network of solidarity groups around Karachi that meet to understand each other discuss their mutual social, educational, financial, and health-related challenges.
Job training and resources
Team Sub Rang has led informal meetings and focus groups to identify the issues faced by the transgender community in the workplace and in and job searching. We found that trans people face problems searching for jobs and finding opportunities for work because of their identity. Transgender individuals also face problems in the workplace, like lack of support, lower pay and benefits, and lack of respect and recognition from colleagues and supervisors.
We’re working to get transgender people hired at more businesses, and showing these workplaces how they can best create safe and favorable working environments for their transgender employees. If more transgender people are given work, they can start to get the same kinds of opportunities as the general population.
Sub Rang hosts events each year for International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31 and Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20.
International Transgender Day of Visibility, celebrated on March 31, is a time to celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes for them to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination trans people still face.
Transgender Day of Remembrance, happening on November 20, is a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia. The trans community is able to come together and to draw attention to the continued violence they endure.
Activism trainings and workshops
Sub Rang runs trainings and workshops to empower future leaders with the tools and knowledge to build movement and bring on change. We focus on the importance of collaborating as as group and developing a clear vision to best achieve goals and make progress.
We run the groundbreaking Gender Identity Respect Campaign, an initiative focused exclusively on the betterment of transgender and gender non-conforming people. We’ve put on short movie screenings, live performances by community artists, open mic sessions, and public events at educational institutions and community centers.
The campaign was developed in Karachi City in close consultation with transgender activists and marginalized community members.
Sub Rang puts on social events where the public, allies and community representatives for the LGBT community can share the stage and speak about challenges facing gender and sexual minorities.
Trans Task Force
Chairperson: Miss Gul Paras
Sub Rang runs a task force featuring ten transgender advocacy groups from around Karachi City. Members are responsible for working with government officials and state actors to lobby for our organization’s goals and push for LGBT rights.
However, these efforts are more often than not disparate and lack tangible impact because of isolation between the different groups and conflict within individual organizations. We aim to address this gap and build solidarity between these member organizations by putting our support behind local advocacy efforts in the government and helping to enact a broader meaningful change. and helping to on-the-ground grassroot mobilization.
We want to help local groups with their grassroot mobilization efforts, and will directly contribute logistical and financial support to activists who want to put on press conferences, peaceful demonstrations, sit-ins, letter-writing campaigns, etc.