Friday, May 7, 2010
"I forgot that I might see, so many beautiful things. I forgot that I might need, to find out what life could bring."
Since leaving and returning to Bangladesh this past month, I've just been relaxing, traveling, exploring, seeing, learning, shooting and experiencing the 'backpacker' part of my trip.
I'm leaving Dhaka for a project in the Sunderbans next week, but the other night I had the privilege of attending an illegal wedding in Old Dhaka.
The illegal wedding of Tamzid takes place May 1, 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Most of Tamzids family disowned him after learning he was gay.
Male same-sex unions are criminalized in Bangladesh and the punishment include fines and imprisonment of up to ten years. The gay community is generally underground and heavily stigmatized. No hate crime laws exist to address crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity bias.