We want our mind to be free. Facing intense pressure to conform, Dhee mulls her enormous challenges and asks readers whether she should consider suicide, marry a man to please her family, flee the country, or stay and follow her heart.
The stories are told in comic strips that are portrayed flashcards, and will be used bangpadeshi conduct 15 countrywide campaigns to spread information about gender and sexuality. Many gays and lesbians are forced to hide their sexual identity and live double lives for fear of reprisals in the deeply conservative country where 90 percent of the population is Muslim.
The comic, to be handed out at gay rights seminars and other events, tells the story of Dhee, a girl who is attracted to other girls and falls in love. It was launched through a theatrical performance with songs, dances and monologues — which included narratives about the stigma around menstruation, the female body, and about the gendered roles ased in our society.
Boys of bangladesh launches first-ever bangladeshi lesbian comic “dhee”
Several hundred people attended the launch at the British Council in Dhaka, although entry was carefully scrutinised in case of protests by conservative hardliners. Last year, the first magazine for homosexuals was launched with little opposition.
BoB says there is a reason they chose to share the story through a female character: the LGBT movement has so far been male-dominated, and they wanted to bring a change in that. They further wanted to destigmatise the discussion of female sexuality in our society.
The character of Dhee has been developed as an advocacy tool for a broader project — Project Dhee, which aims to take forward the movement to establish and preserve rights of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender LGBT community in Bangladesh, according to BoB.