A History Unfolding: Exploring the Past, Present, and Challenges of Bangladesh’s LGBTQ+ Community

Nelufer Nazrul (2024)
Res Militaris

This bilingual (English and French) publication dives deep into the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in Bangladesh. The article explores historical, legal, social, and political aspects that contribute to these challenges. It also examines the sensitive interplay between gender roles, patriarchal traditions, and religious views that shape the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in the country. Additionally, the article delves into the legal context, specifically Section 377 of the Penal Code which criminalizes same-sex relations, and the pervasive stigma that LGBTQ+ people encounter in their daily lives, including violence and oppression from both the police and society at large.

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