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GMHC Statement on The Tragic Killing of LGBT Activist in Bangladesh

4.24.2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2016
Contact: Anthony Hayes l 917-601-0410 l anthonyh@gmhc.org

New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement in the wake of the tragedy on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital. Two men were hacked to death, including U.S. Embassy worker Xulhaz Mannan. Mannan was editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine, and a leading gay rights activist. BBC News reports that both men were openly gay.

STATEMENT BY GMHC CEO KELSEY LOUIE:

GMHC is saddened and horrified by the killing of a leading gay rights activist and editor at Bangladesh's only LGBT magazine, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends. These senseless acts of violence reminds us how critical it is for our political leaders to be dedicated to advancing social justice and equal rights for all people, and we will continue our fight to end stigma surrounding the LGBT community in the wake of this tragedy.

 

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