|The 2014 Hijra Pride festival began in Bangladesh on Sunday. The photo was taken from the Sahabgh Raju Circle in Dhaka. Image by Anwar Hossain Joy. Copyright Demotix (9/11/2014)|
Bangaldesh's about 10,000 Hijras have long suffered discrimination. At this first pride parade, participants with colourful dresses sang and danced in the streets carrying Bangladesh flags and banners, one of which read: "The days of stigma, discrimination and fear are over."
Take a look at some snapshots of the event:
|People parade with the national flag in Dhaka to mark 'Hijra Pride'. Image by Sony Ramany. Copyright Demotix (10/11/2014)|
|The colourful rally organised by the Bandhu Social Welfare Society took place near the press club, Dhaka. Image by SK Hasan Ali. Copyright Demotix (10/11/2014)|
|Celebrating ' Third gender (Hijra) Pride 2014' in Bangladesh. Image by Sk. Hasan Ali. Copyright Demotix (10/11/2014)|
|Celebrating Hijra Pride Parade. Image by Mohammad Asad. Copyright Demotix (10/11/2014)|
|Bangladeshi Hijras dance in the street during a pride parade. Image by Indrajit Ghosh. Copyright Demotix (10/11/2014)|
|Hijra celebrate with a beauty talent show during the evening. Image by Mohammad Asad. Copyright Demotix (10/11/2014)|
|‘Hijra pride 2014’ ended with a talent hunt competition. Image by Mohammad Asad. Copyright Demotix (10/11/2014)|
First ever transgender Pride march held in Dhaka being a Muslim majority country. http://t.co/RLms00Lmha #thirdgender #hijra #Bangladesh
— Lenin (@nine_L) November 11, 2014
Hena Festival is the part of Hijra Pride 2014 in Bangladesh. All designers come from Hijra Community. pic.twitter.com/K1LVdZnyoU
— BSWS (@bandhubd) November 9, 2014
Congratulations to the #Hijra community in #Bangladesh. Here's to moving forward! #solidarity #hijrapride pic.twitter.com/ttz1l2iVGNThe post was also published in Global Voices Online.
— Moncho (@projectmoncho) November 11, 2014