Bangladesh

LGBTI Rights in Bangladesh


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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ADDED ON: 01/21/2021

Bangladesh’s first trans school ignites hope for acceptance

Riya was given away by her parents when she was five after a short spell at school where she was bullied for being different. Unable to accept that Riya is a hijra,…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2021

South Asia’s LGBT Muslims turn to social media for support

Shahamat Uddin moved to the United States recently to look for a better future after living in fear for his life as a marginalized gay man in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. The numerous instances…

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