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First magazine for gays, lesbians launched in Bangladesh

Published on Jan 19, 2014 8:25 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's gay community has launched its first magazine in a bid to promote greater acceptance of homosexuals who face widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim-majority country, its editor said on Sunday.

The 56-page glossy magazine called Roopbaan was officially launched in the capital Dhaka late on Saturday at an invitation-only event that included leading members of the gay community and human rights activists.

"It's a giant leap forward for the country's LGBT people," Roopbaan editor Rasel Ahmed told AFP, referring to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

"We hope it'll raise awareness about the community and will lead to wider social tolerance of the gays and lesbians here," Mr Ahmed, 25, said, adding that he hoped the magazine's stories about issues impacting gay people would increase understanding.

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