Many thanks to (late) Xulhaz Mannan, Ex-Director of Roopbaan, Dhaka, Bangladesh, in giving me the time and space to work with the LGBT community members of the organization.
Roopban is a non-political, not-for-profit volunteer-based forum in Bangladesh. It started as a magazine with key slogan ‘Right to Love’ to give voice to the invisible and ignored LGBTQ population. Since its inception, it arranged various community-based events like the Rainbow Rally (to celebrate friendship and diversity), Pink Slip (health awareness camp), Roopbaan Film Festival, and SNS-Roopbaan Transition Show. Roopbaan also actively took part in the BOB-Roopbaan Need Assessment Survey of the LGBTQ population in seven divisions of Bangladesh.
Youth Leadership Program was a one of a kind program targeted to the youth aged 16-24 years. It was a two-day workshop/training program covering issues of gender and sexuality, health and fitness, social and legal barriers, leadership and volunteerism, style and fashion, and safe networking that affected the lives of the target group.
I collaborated with a performance artist, Ali Asgar, to conduct a therapy-based workshop titled Exploring Leadership that focused on providing tools to help youth become attuned to their identities and how they can become leaders in the respective communities.
© 2015, Ali Asgar - Roopbaan, Dhaka, Bangladesh