Message from Chairperson

Roopbaan – Freedom to Love, is the milestone achievement for the LGBT community in Bangladesh. In 2014, against all odds, Roopbaan began its journey as the first Bangladeshi LGBT magazine. Its vision is the advancing of the LGBT community’s right to love in Bangladesh. With Xulhaz Mannan’s promising leadership, Roopbaan quickly became a prominent LGBT…

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Comfortable Closet

A country where the predominant religions identify a same sex lover as a sinner, the law of the land as a criminal; social norms as a pervert; culture as “imported”-how should life be for LGBTs in Bangladesh? For me, it’s like living in a ‘comfortable closet’. Comfortable because it is actually ‘easy’ when it comes to ‘doing it’; the culture and social norms are so focused on preventing heterosexual acts between unmarried couples: man-to-man or woman-to-woman sexual acts go almost unnoticed.

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