Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights are heavily suppressed in Bangladesh. Due to the conservative mentality of the Bangladeshi society, negative attitudes towards homosexuals are very high. Homosexuality is illegal under Bangladeshi law; a law which is inherited from the British Indian Government’s Section 377 of 1860. According to the law, the punishment for homosexuals is up to life imprisonment, therefore it is dangerous for those who identify as homosexuals to openly come out in society because of social rejection, hate or assault.

Human Rights Watch states that “discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people is pervasive in Bangladesh”


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