PRIDE parades have evolved from declarations for freedom that entailed great personal risk to incredibly popular events with very little risk to participants. How does this evolution happen? Who leads the shift in social "norms"?
How does what we buy impact human rights? Does power lie in the hands of the consumer? or the corporation?
Oppression of members of the LGBTQI+ community is often led by local homophobic and transphobic organizations. Yet these organizations often have international connections. What does the transnational network look like, and how does this impact the safety and human rights of LGBTQI+ individuals around the globe?
What does it mean to be "feminist"? Is the meaning static across communities?
Among the monotheistic religions most practiced around the globe, "peace" is a consistent theme. Yet religious groups often declare and engage in violent war, committing egregious human rights violations. How have religious teachers contributed to discourse of violence of peace during war time? What was the relationship between religious leaders and religious voices of dissent?