Bangladesh

LGBTI Rights in Bangladesh


ADDED ON: 11/18/2022

Bangladeshi students seek dismissal of gay teacher

The Bangladeshi human rights organization JusticeMakers Bangladesh expressed concern and anger over the attempt to expel the gay teacher, Aminul Islam, from his position as senior lecturer in the geography department of…

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ADDED ON: 10/19/2022

Gay teacher barred from teaching in Bangladesh

A gay teacher has been barred from teaching classes at a Bangladesh secondary school in response to protests by students. Ramzan Ali, a teacher at Savar Model College near Dhaka, Bangladesh, remains…

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ADDED ON: 08/19/2022

OPINION: We need more South Asian queer stories and voices

Shivani Dave is a freelance journalist and broadcaster at Openly and Virgin Radio. Growing up I never thought Brown people could be LGBTQ+. That’s an absolutely ridiculous thought, but when I was younger,…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2022

A transgender woman’s struggle to be herself in Bangladesh.

Riya Moni is putting her makeup on. She is not afraid of being caught or humiliated anymore – her makeup is her transgression. She is a transgender woman living in Cox’s Bazar,…

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ADDED ON: 11/30/2021

Rural town elects Bangladesh’s first transgender mayor

A small town in Bangladesh has elected the country's first transgender mayor after the 45-year-old independent candidate beat her ruling party rival in a landslide, officials said Monday. The South Asian nation…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2021

Bangladesh’s transgender tycoons create safe work

Simran Snigdha was begging when a chance encounter helped get her off Bangladesh’s streets and realize her artistic dreams — one of a growing number of transgender people securing formal employment as…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2021

6 Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh for Killing of Gay Rights Activist

The activist Xulhaz Mannan, who had started a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender magazine, was hacked to death in a machete attack in 2016. DHAKA, Bangladesh — Six men said to belong…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2021

377: The British colonial law that left an anti-LGBTQ legacy in Asia

For much of the past two centuries, it was illegal to be gay in a vast swathe of the world - thanks to colonial Britain. Till today, colonial-era laws that ban homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2021

Tax rebate for Bangladesh companies hiring transgender people

Bangladesh has declared a tax rebate for companies hiring transgender people to boost the government’s social inclusion efforts for the marginalised group in the Muslim-majority South Asian country. “I propose to enact…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2021

Bangladesh: Verdict Due Soon in Killing of Gay Rights Activists

A verdict is expected soon for eight suspects charged with murder over the killing of two Bangladeshi gay-rights activists who were hacked to death in a Dhaka apartment five years ago, officials…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2021

A transgender Islamic school in Pakistan breaks barriers

A long white shawl on her head, Rani Khan gives daily Koran lessons at Pakistan’s first transgender-only madrasa, or Islamic religious school, which she set up herself using her life savings. The…

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ADDED ON: 03/09/2021

Bangladesh’s first transgender news reader takes to the airwaves

To cheers from colleagues, Bangladesh’s first transgender news presenter broke down in tears , but only after her word-perfect debut was beamed to the nation and the cameras were off. Bangladesh is…

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