Media Fellowship 2013
Sexual Minority Populations are severely marginalized by political, social and cultural process. These populations are also overlooked by media. Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) has, however, been working since 1996 to provide appropriate sexual health services these communities with economic livelihoods, health care, and legal support as well as to create a place in Bangladeshi culture and public policy for a third‐ gender identity. But it alone can not make a big difference unless media comes forward to highlight the plights and rights of the sexual minority groups in Bangladesh, a country where men with different sexual orientation i.e. homosexual preferences and/or feminized behavior and dress are considered as citizens by neither the public nor the state. These communities are not only vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections but also to socio‐ cultural and political deprivations. These minority groups need an environment where their respect and dignity are assured, along with the creation of a supportive social, policy and legal environment to enable them to respond more effectively to sexual health and basic human rights in our country, along with increasing their health seeking behaviors.
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