Shakhawat Hossain Rajeeb is a leading Bangladeshi LGBTQ+ rights activist. After a series of death threats and the loss of close friends, he left the country and is now living in exile abroad. He was kind enough to respond to questions sent by Ibtisam Ahmed about the struggles of the movement and the celebrations of its successes.
The fight to decriminalise same-sex intimacy in the Commonwealth
As part of our monthly theme of politics, Ibtisam Ahmed looks at the campaign to decriminalise same-sex intimacy at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Why Kevin Spacey’s abuse brought back painful memories of the closet
Ibtisam Ahmed looks at how the closet can play a toxic role in situations relating to sexual abuse.
USA, Japan and China among 13 countries failing to support UN condemnation of the death penalty for homosexuality
Ibtisam Ahmed examines the voting patterns in a historic UN resolution supporting LGBTQ+ rights.
The future is queer in San Junipero
For September's monthly theme, curator Ibtisam Ahmed looks at the heartwarming intersectional love of 'San Junipero'.
Chitrangada and trans self-determination in Indian cinema
For September's monthly theme, curator Ibtisam Ahmed looks back at the Bengali film 'Chitrangada' and its message of trans self-determination.
The Hijra community and the complex path to decolonising gender in Bangladesh
The need to understand gender as a spectrum must include non-Western identities and a move towards decolonising queerness. Ibtisam Ahmed explores the history of the Hijra community in Bangladesh.