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Members of Bangladesh's transgender community and their supporters held a pride rally to mark one year since the government recognized them as a third gender in Dhaka, Bangladesh.On November 10, 2013, the Bangladesh government officially recognised hijras as a separate gender in order to secure their rights, enabling them to identify their gender as 'hijra' on all government documents, including passports.

A participant looks at camera as members of Bangladesh's transgender community and their supporters hold a pride rally.— AP Photo
A participant looks at camera as members of Bangladesh's transgender community and their supporters hold a pride rally.— AP Photo
A participant poses for photographers. — AP Photo
A participant poses for photographers. — AP Photo
Transgenders dance in the street.— AFP Photo
Transgenders dance in the street.— AFP Photo
Members of transgender community hold their national flag.— AP Photo
Members of transgender community hold their national flag.— AP Photo
Transgenders celebrate 'Hijra Day' in Dhaka.— AFP Photo
Transgenders celebrate 'Hijra Day' in Dhaka.— AFP Photo
Members of transgender community at the pride rally in Dhaka.— AP Photo
Members of transgender community at the pride rally in Dhaka.— AP Photo
Transgenders celebrate 'Hijra Day' in Dhaka.— AFP Photo
Transgenders celebrate 'Hijra Day' in Dhaka.— AFP Photo
Transgenders hold the country's national flag.— AFP Photo
Transgenders hold the country's national flag.— AFP Photo
Transgenders at the pride rally in Dhaka.— AP Photo
Transgenders at the pride rally in Dhaka.— AP Photo
Transgenders dance in the street.— AFP Photo
Transgenders dance in the street.— AFP Photo
A participant holds a colorful hand fan at the rally.— AP Photo
A participant holds a colorful hand fan at the rally.— AP Photo
Bangladeshi transgenders dance at the rally.— AFP Photo
Bangladeshi transgenders dance at the rally.— AFP Photo

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Khan Rahem Singh Nov 12, 2014 01:54pm

Just love it. We are all God's Children, Gays or otherwise.

weq Nov 12, 2014 04:47pm

@Khan Rahem Singh Transgenders have no orientation, they can never be gay, please its better to not bring God here

Pakistani_Human Nov 12, 2014 05:43pm

A human is human first, then male female or transgender. All praise to bangladeshi people and government!

BK Nov 12, 2014 06:59pm

It is good they got recognition. Bangladesh is comparatively tolerant towards all human beings.

concerned_kashmiri Nov 12, 2014 08:04pm

India should learn a thing or two.

Aly khan Nov 13, 2014 01:09am

We need to learn to tolerate the existance of minorities whether they are non Muslims, transgenders, ethnic minorities as it's not their choice to be different. Some people are born like that and it's our duty to treat and respect every human being equally. When it comes to tolerance western countries are more Islamic than our Muslim countries but hats off to Bangladesh

LiFafi Sahafi Nov 13, 2014 11:44am

@concerned_kashmiri "India should learn a thing or two."

They can argue that they already do..... after all they got Bangladesh their freedom. Couldn't have happened if Bangladesh was still E. Pakistan.

bhanwandas Nov 13, 2014 02:08pm

@Khan Rahem Singh God doesn't have children but they are all human beings and equal.

JORDAR THALIA Nov 13, 2014 03:33pm

Great ! Salute to this progressive Bangladesh. No doubt Happiness Index of the Citizens will be going up ! With so much tolerance and with so much broadminded approach.

Humaira Ashraf Nov 13, 2014 04:57pm

good to see. Govt. should arrange some respectable jobs in suitable professions for them. They should be given equal opportunities to lead their lives instead of begging or involving in illicit or bad activities.

mohammadali Nov 13, 2014 07:44pm

@bhanwandas All religious books say that we are all children of God.

Mahfooz Jafry Nov 13, 2014 09:07pm

It is the responsibility of Muslim society to give them job and a good respectable Islamic life.

Tariq,lahore Nov 13, 2014 11:03pm

Good to see 'tolerance' in practice by the BD nation!!!

Jatin Nov 13, 2014 11:13pm

Thanks to Bangladesh for being a little more liberal..

Raghu Nov 14, 2014 05:52pm

Respect

prishy Nov 15, 2014 08:23am

@mohammadali we are creation of God not children of God.

N. Rahim Nov 16, 2014 05:25am

@mohammadali No incorrect. We are creations of God, not children.

Raju Nov 16, 2014 06:07am

funny people.

jj Nov 16, 2014 11:08am

Well done Bangladesh. They are also human beings.

jj Nov 16, 2014 11:09am

@weq Why not bring God on this issue.

jj Nov 16, 2014 11:12am

@N. Rahim Prove it.