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Inner Face

Inner Face

“From the moment we started to understand ourselves, we have woven our dreams onto a broad tapestry of human conditions. The dreams of our society and those of our own are not always the same. Society wants to confine us within the limits of its sense of propriety, to its sense of gender identity. But we want our dreamscapes to be our own, where we will have endless freedom, our own values, free expression of our thoughts and emotions. Like nature shapes the world to its will, we want our own nature to give shape to our world, a world that accepts us without any reservations. We want our existence to be our own. This chasm between the ideals of society and our Utopia tortures our bodies and souls, burns our bridges to the world at large, and perpetuates our estrangement.

How long will it go on like this? We do not exist beyond the boundaries of society; by purging us, will it be building a better version of itself? If that is not so, then let us build bridges that connect us all, bridges that make sure that our dreamscapes no longer remain confined to the realms of our dreams, bridges that let us all coexist in harmony. How much longer do we have to wait before we reach that horizon where our dreams and days unite?”  – Royal, Dhaka - Bangladesh. 2008.

 

In Bangladesh, penal code 377 dating back to 1860 criminalizes sexual activities "against the order of nature" arguably including homosexual acts. The law has been repealed in the UK. While it is not enforced, it still exists in Bangladesh. The law is regularly used to harass LGBT people.