Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: Not Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
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Have you experienced homophobia or lesbophobia from your healthcare provider?
Yes, I have trouble finding a doctor
Yes, but I was able to find healthcare
No, but I am not out to my doctor
Two months after Roopban’s launch, the uproar over Bangladesh’s first ever LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) magazine has subsided considerably. When it came out in January, the media went berserk about its homosexual themes, while others highlighted the controversy to sell the news. But how many of these people actually picked up the magazine, and offered constructive criticism?
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. >>>
15/11/2013 | United Nations Liaison Officer
On Thursday 19th September 2013 at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council, ILGA and FIDH held the panel “Human Rights Defenders: Voices and Challenges”. Tanvir Alim, from Boys of Bangladesh, shared with the audience the situation of LGBT people in his country. >>>
07/10/2013 | United Nations Liaison Officer
Tanvir Alim attended the 24th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva with the support of ILGA, where the UPR report of Bangladesh was formally adopted on the 20th September 2013. He was able to present an oral statement on behalf of ILGA and his organization. Previously, at the UPR interactive dialogue for Bangladesh on the 29th April 2013, ILGA was pleased to welcome his colleague Shakhawat Hossain Rajeeb.
Interview by Alessia Valenza >>>
Gay rights activists have criticised the Bangladeshi government after it rejected recommendations to remove a clause in its penal code which criminalises gay relationships. The reaction followed a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva on Friday, where Bangladesh accepted 164 of a total 196 recommendations made by the body. >>>
In the 24th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Bangladesh Government has rejected the recommendation to abolish Section 377 which criminalizes consensual same-sex relationship. The government already has an extensive HIV/AIDS program including men who have sex with men (MSM) and Hijras. Hence, this rejection indicates that the unwillingness to avoid acknowledging human rights violations of sexual and gender minorities. >>>
The ministry is likely to place a bill proposing amendments to the National Identity Registration Act 2010. Citizens with intersex and transgender conditions may have the opportunity to have distinct sexual identities mentioned on the proposed smart cards, officials familiar with the process said. >>>
Bangladesh, being a dominant Muslim country with a very conservative attitude towards social digresses is possibly a pothole for members of LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community. It is safe to say that while the government acknowledges the fact that LGBT rights need to be protected, nothing worthwhile is/will be done about it because of the country’s ‘conservative’ attitude on such matters.
With the advent of some physical and psychological transformations from the age of nine, Nasima had started feeling uneasy in her body. “I just did not feel like I fitted in with other boys. My gestures, behaviour, speech and walking styles were turning girlish. I started feeling good using cosmetics. But this all happened in my subconscious mind…I did not do it intentionally,” said Nasima. >>>
Transsexual and transgender people are yet to get their national ID (NID) cards specifying their distinct sexual identities although the Election Commission allowed them in 2008 to cast votes using the NID. >>>
Homophobia ruined my childhood. As a child, I wasn’t strong enough to bear the insults and the punches all the other kids threw at me. I used to come home and cry every day, and the worst part was that I couldn’t tell anybody else. If only the society was a bit more tolerant, and parents taught their children that it is okay to be different, I could have had a nice childhood? >>>
A love for lipstick and eyeliner meant a lifetime of discrimination for Saiful Islam, until a transgender training scheme in Bangladesh helped bring him hard-won acceptance and land him his dream job.
A movie called Common Gender about a love affair between a transgender person and a Hindu boy has become an indie hit in Bangladesh after a small release in only six theaters. Encouraged by this early success, the film's distributor Emanul Karim plans to extend its release nationwide and push cinema owners to extend its run in their theaters.
First-time director Noman Robin accidentally walked into a shockingly violent scene that propelled him into the movie making spotlight in his native Bangladesh -- and around the world. Robin was at a mall as a hijra or transgender female was thrown first out of the men's room and then the ladies' room. As customers began screaming, security guards dragged her to the street and began beating her. "What are you doing here?" shouted the guards. "I'm human! I need to go to the toilet," she replied.
Speakers at a view exchange meeting here yesterday stressed the need for ensuring fundamental rights especially the health, social and legal rights of the transgender people for uplifting their living and livelihood condition.