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First magazine for gays and lesbians in Bangladesh launched

Monday, January 20, 2014

Bangladesh’s gay community has launched its first magazine in a bid to promote greater acceptance of gays who face widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim-majority country, the publication’s editor said on Sunday.

bangladeshAFP reports the 56-page glossy magazine called Roopbaan was officially launched in the capital Dhaka late on Saturday at an invitation-only event that included leading members of the gay community and human rights activists.

“It’s a giant leap forward for the country’s LGBT people,” said Editor Rasel Ahmed.

“We hope it’ll raise awareness about the community and will lead to wider social tolerance of the gays and lesbians here,” Ahmed, 25, said, adding that he hoped the magazine’s stories about issues impacting gay people would increase acceptance and understanding.

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    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:50am
  2. I LOVE IT. THE BEGGINNING OF FREEDOM IN THE MUSLIN WORLD FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY, SUPER.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:51am
  3. Kashfi Ahmed

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:56am
  4. What if it’s a trap?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:58am
  5. Unbelieveable.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:53am
  6. I bet it won’t take long till their offices burn…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:00am
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:30am
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    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:59pm