Bangladesh

Bangladesh is perceived to be one of the few Islamic states which exercises considerable tolerance towards the issue of homosexuality. The instances of utilising Governmental instruments for persecuting homosexuals is rare. But practising homosexuality is strictly prohibited by the law under Section 377 A of the Criminal Penal Code.

Legislation

Male to male relationships: Not legal

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

More on the law of Bangladesh at ilga.org

Social climate

Read this interesting article about the situation for LGBT people in Bangladesh.

LGBT organizations/networks

- Boys of Bangladesh: boysofbangladesh.org

Boys of Bangladesh, popularly known as BoB, is the largest network of self-identified Bangladeshi gay men from home and abroad. It is a non-registered, non-funded and non-formal group run by a pull of dedicated volunteers who strive to make it a safe space for like-minded people to come together, and share their thoughts, feelings and experiences and ultimately find a place where they can truly belong. Contrary to what the name might suggest, BoB is not a platform only for gay men, they also welcome everyone from the wider queer community and it's supporters.

The US Embassy has also been working with LGBT issues. To mark the pride month the US Embassy in Dakar organized a film show followed by a discussion on June 26 2012 at the American Center. The event was organized by the Diversity Committee of the Embassy and moderated by the Human Rights Officer Joanna Schenke. The Embassy invited LGBT community members from various organizations and a few civil society members as well. The event began with a video of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's UN speech followed by the film 'Amra Ki Etoi Bhinno (Are We So Different?)', which won the the best Documentary Short Film 2012 award at Mumbai Queer Film Festival Kashish 2012. Fortunately the film's director Lok Prakash was in town and attended the event. A few journalists participated but no media coverage was carried out as the community decided not to. The community was involved throughout the whole process and decisions were taken after mutual discussion.

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