Bangladesh Kanga Flag

Bangladesh kanga Queer Pride flag.png
Bangladesh kanga Queer Pride flag.png

Bangladesh Kanga Flag


Kanga Quote translation:

“This love overcomes the grave, always and forever!"

Original Quote: "Till death? No! All lifetimes" - Quote submitted by Redd Blanco

This is the TRTL kanga honoring Bangladesh's Queer history.

Homosexual acts have been illegal in Bangladesh since 1861 and are punishable by up to life imprisonment though this law is often not enforced. However, due to the rising influence of extremist, fundamentalist Islam in the country, there has been a rise in attacks on secularist, liberal leaders - among them, LGBT activists. Xulhaz Mannan, who is featured in the kanga, was a Bangladeshi community leader, organizer, and LGBT human rights activist. In addition to his advocacy, Xulhaz was the co-founder and publisher of Roopbaan, the first and only Bangladeshi LGBT magazine, and conceptualized the Roopbaan Rainbow Rally that aimed towards celebrating friendship, love, and diversity. Xulhaz Mannan was murdered by extremists in 2016, along with his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, and its his contribution to the LGBT movement during his lifetime that is echoed in the kanga quote that says: "This love overcomes the grave, always and forever". This kanga also celebrates the Boys of Bangladesh (BoB), who are the oldest running and largest network of self-identified Bangladeshi gay men. BoB was founded in 2002 and is still going strong as a community to this day. It's also interesting to know that Bangladesh has laws that recognize a 3rd gender known as "hijras" who do not consider themselves male nor female. Along with males and females, hijras are identified as a separate gender on official documents.

This kanga is printed on polyester flag material and measures 1 by 1.5 metres.

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