Roopbaan (fabulous in Bangla) Is the first and only Bangladeshi LGBTQ+ magazine. Xulhaz Mannan, an employee of the US embassy in Dhaka + the founder of Roopbaan created a cultural revolution for the lgbtq+ in the 21st century by also organizing the first public rally, and initiated empowering events such as LGBT film festival, trans fashion show, leadership programs, cultural events, queer poetry collection, and so much more.
However, in 2014 at just 40 years old, he was brutally murdered along with Roopban’s editor, Tanj Mojumdar.
Roopbaan bravely still continues to empower the lgbtq+ community in Bangladesh and raise awareness regardless of what comes their way. They organize Iftar dinners to debunk the myth between homosexuality and Islam and still continues to publish beautiful magazines. Check out their website: roopbaan.org #bangladesh #queer #trans #southasia #lgbt