Living on the fringe
“Shame Akash Don’t show us these pictures. It’s a sin even
to look at them.”
This was the reaction of Jhomur, my sister-in-law, to my story about Jibon a homosexual man living in my neighbourhood. Her reaction is typical. Religious beliefs and cultural standards of morality make homosexuality an unacceptable abomination in Bangladesh. The kote, as gays are called locally, are ostracized and thus live together in small communities. Yet social stigma is not enough to dent their unshakeable faith in life.