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Roopbaan’s inaugural cover
Bangladesh’s first LGBTQI magazine launched

in BANGLADESH, 26/01/2014

In a significant step forward for sexual minorities in Bangladesh, the country’s first LGBTQI Bengali-language magazine ‘Roopbaan’ (after a local folk-tale character who went to extraordinary lengths for love) has been launched.

While talking to Dhaka Tribune, the editor shared the excitement over this launch: ‘The main reason for publishing this magazine is to promote love and the right to love. In today’s disturbed socio-political context, the audience such a publication promoting love is huge and that’s whom this is for.’  The high-profile, invite-only launch of the 56-page first edition on Saturday, January 18, 2014  was attended by the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Robert Gibson, who contextualized it with the recent re-criminalization of homosexuality in neighboring India.

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