LGBT CONCEPTIONS: THE REALITY OF IT IN BANGLADESH AND ROLE OF RELIGION
By Sujan C. Dev
Let’s start with recent news. A transgender woman took part in a competition in Australia.
It was a competition between gay and transgender people. She represented Bangladesh there. She came to Bangladesh to meet her mother and brother. But unable to do so after receiving continuous threats over her life for two straight days. Finally, she was allowed to meet her met her mom.
There you have it a democratic nation and guided by religion.
People there in truth are not ready to accept the idea of change, their tolerance towards issues regarding race, gender, and certain sexual orientations.
SEJAL (the transgender woman above) said her mother will have to reside be in this society, and she does not want to be the reason it becomes difficult for her mother to do so. How does that happen then? Religion. Particularly ISLAM. Islam doesn’t accept gay or lesbians. ISLAM doesn’t accept that everyone has the right to love. Muslims dedicate themselves to Allah and His Prophet and after that they adopt whatever the both of them have said/done, revealed. They make it a point not to ask, doubt anything about religion. They diligently obey anything and everything about Islam. Doesn’t matter how educated they are, their opinions on LGBT rights are based on doctrines established by religion which is thousands of years old. Though I do doubt whether people were aware of what say a transgender individual is all those years ago at that time. The same thing can be said about the theory of evolution for that matter. And in a country like Bangladesh where most of the people are blind when it comes to Islam, the people overtime have developed a habit of blaming someone else for their incapacity to comprehend logic, or develop empathy towards everyone, including the LGBT community. At one point I just wonder if they know what they are following anymore, despite the fact that it’s quite obvious that they will not tolerate anything prohibited in Islam.
Gay or lesbian people are criminals based on religion. They will approve murdering gay and lesbian people just because their religion does not accept it. If they had the power to punish gay people they will, for apparently ,it is a one way ticket to heaven.