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The Politics and Meanings of “Coming Out” in Bangladesh

Queer visibility and coming out has to be seen through organizing experiences and power struggles that are currently unfolding in Bangladesh and how they are shaped by histories of gender and sexual communities in the region. Visibility is the chicken-or-egg question that divides queer organizers in Bangladesh.   In global LGBTIQ+ politics, “coming out” has …

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Ruling the Digital Closet: LGBTI+ Activism in the Shadow of Bangladesh’s Digital Blasphemy Laws

In 2018, the ruling Awami League omitted the five controversial sections of the Information and Communications Technology Act (ICT) and passed the Digital Security Act (DSA). Coded into the Digital Security Act are sections that criminalize digital content that may offend popular sacred sensibilities, whether religious or nationalist. These vaguely-worded sections operate as ‘de facto …

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