About a thousand Hijras took part in Bangladesh's first ever “Hijra Pride” in the capital Dhaka last week to celebrate the first anniversary of their recognition as a separate gender by the government. Hijra is a feminine gender identity that some people who are born male or intersex adopt, often labeled as transgender by the West.
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 also celebrated with them and shared support via Twitter:
— 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
— Moncho (@projectmoncho) November 11, 2014