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Lesbians in Bangladesh

AFTER THE MURDER OF LGBTQ ACTIVISTS, THE SOUTH ASIAN COUNTRY’S QUEER COMMUNITY IS FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL

BANGLADESH

Love is not a crime: Arshi and her girlfriend; (top right) Arshi; (bottom right) Liton, exiled in London

In Bangladesh, a country where the majority of the population is homophobic, an endearing young lesbian named Dhee won the hearts of the LGBTQ community last year. She wasn’t a fleshand- blood girl but a cartoon character, the brainchild of the country’s LGBTQ rights group Boys of Bangladesh. The comic strips were printed in boxed sets, with a first run of 4,000. The LGBTQ community in Bangladesh was instantly able to relate to the discrimination that Dhee faced on a daily basis. The comic went viral online, eliciting both positive and negative comments.

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