জুলহাজ-তনয় হত্যা মামলার প্রতিবেদন ১৭ জানুয়ারি

রাজধানীর কলাবাগানে ইউএসএইড কর্মকর্তা জুলহাস মান্নান ও তার বন্ধু মাহবুব তনয় হত্যাকাণ্ডের তদন্ত প্রতিবেদন দাখিলের জন্য আগামী ১৭ জানুয়ারি দিন ধার্য করেছেন আদালত।   Read full story here: জুলহাজ-তনয় হত্যা মামলার প্রতিবেদন ১৭ জানুয়ারি

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APCOM Hero Award: Xulhaz Mannan shortlisted as Community Hero

A diverse and inspirational mix of 21 people and organisations from across Asia and the Pacific have been selected as finalists for the HERO Awards, a gala fundraising event in Bangkok in November which will honour the work of HIV and LGBT community heroes from across the region. Read the full story here: 21 HIV &…

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Is violent extremism on the rise in Bangladesh?

There has been growing international concern after a wave of brutal killings targeting secular bloggers, professors, foreigners and religious minorities. Recently the country’s most high-profile gay activist Xulhaz Mannan was hacked to death inside his home. Islamic militants linked to al-Qaeda and so-called Islamic State are said to be behind the violence.  

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The Guardian: Founder of Bangladesh’s first and only LGBT magazine killed

The founder of Bangladesh’s only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) magazine has been killed in the latest of a series of horrific murders of bloggers and activists. Read full story here: Founder of Bangladesh’s first and only LGBT magazine killed

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NewNowNext: After Grisly Murders, Bangladesh LGBT Community Is Terrified

Though Bangladesh’s LGBT community has long been marginalized—with gay sex punishable by life imprisonment—in 2014, a surge of visibility occurred with the launch of the country’s first LGBT publication, Roopbaan. Read the full article here: After Grisly Murders, Bangladesh LGBT Community Is Terrified

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Tribune: Four revellers held after Bangladesh bans ‘rainbow rally’

Police detained four revellers attempting to hold a banned “rainbow rally” to mark Bengali New Year in the Bangladeshi capital Thursday, amid heightened security threats. Read the full article here: Four revellers held after Bangladesh bans ‘rainbow rally’  

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Daily Mail: Bangladesh ‘rainbow rally’ cancelled over permit issues

The group had earlier vowed to press ahead with the colourful New Year event despite online posts by Islamists against the rally, with calls to beat up parade participants posted on Facebook. Read the full article here: Bangladesh ‘rainbow rally’ cancelled over permit issue

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Daily Mail: Bangladesh group to hold ‘rainbow rally’ despite threats

Roopbaan, a group which promotes freedom of love and gender equality in the Muslim-majority nation, says its members will be part of the new year parade to be held in central Dhaka on Thursday Read the full article here: Bangladesh group to hold ‘rainbow rally’ despite threats  

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Dhaka Tribune: Roopbaan to celebrate Boishakh with Rangdhanu Jatra

The organisation has arranged the event for the third time following Mangal Subhajatra with a slogan “Boishakh, Boichetra and Bandhutta” (Boishakh, diversity and friendship), says its media release on Wednesday. Read the full article here: Roopbaan to celebrate Boishakh with Rangdhanu Jatra

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Gay Is Family: Dhaka Celebrates Its 2nd LGBTQ Pride March

This year, thus, the LGBTQ community feared that the rally would be under fire, and rumor was that the extremists would target the participants especially ‘leaders’. However, on the day of the event, the rally saw almost similar number of participants as the last, fewer old faces, and more new and spirited ones! Read the…

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