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Dhaka



Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

While there is a vibrant local LGBT community, most embassy staff will not have the opportunity to experience or interact with this community due to the security restrictions. Additionally, ISIS and AQIS have been targeting LGBT activists and brutally murdered an LGBT USAID staffer last year. I would not recommend Dhaka for LGBT expatriates. - Apr 11, 2017
No, ISIS and AQIS are targeting LGBT folks. A prominent LGBT activist and USAID LES was hacked to death two months ago. - Jun 17, 2016
NO. - May 18, 2016
I don't know, but I doubt it. It's fairly conservative and may still need to open up about this. - Jun 20, 2015
yes - Mar 2, 2015
Singles probably not. I now of some couples. - Sep 29, 2014
The expat community is great; Bangladesh is extremely conservative in this area, unfortunately. - Jul 28, 2014
Wouldn't be a problem if you came with a partner - As in most Islamic societies, public displays of affection are inappropriate for straight or gay couples, and it's normal for same sex friends to spend time together. There's a gay scene here, but I think it'd be lonely for a single gay person... your limited options for dating would just get smaller. - Aug 9, 2013
The sense of personal space in Dhaka is not like in the United States -- it's okay to be very close to other people of the same sex. Throughout Bangladesh, straight (and gay, I suppose) men hold hands in public. Two men holding hands would not seem strange to the locals. Culturally (and because of religion), homosexuality is frowned upon, but practically speaking, no one seems to notice. - Apr 11, 2013
No prejudice locally. There are several gay/lesbian people in the community, and they seem happy, though there is no local dating. - Aug 14, 2011
If you're a gay man, it's surprisingly easy to find casual encounters - fairly typical in most Muslim majority nations, as the gender segregation tends to lead men to be more open to sexual experimentation than in the West. There's a very, very small openly gay community, and only one (small, ineffective, and poorly organized) gay rights organization - Boys of Bangladesh).Once or twice a year they put on a large dance party for the LGBT community, but mostly it comes down to wealthy, well educated and well travelled gay Bangladeshis inviting their larger circle of gay friends to their homes for private parties, or expats doing the same. Relationships between gay expats and gay Bangladeshis are virtually impossible, at least if you expect your partner to live with integrity and honesty - gay Bangladeshis, while they might be out within the gay community, are almost never, ever out to their wider circle of friends, and certainly not their families. On an odd level, it's actually sometimes easier here to be gay than in the West - the concept of gay identity doesn't exist, educated Bengalis may literally beleive that homosexuality is something that exists exclusively in the West, and so publicly intimate behavior (holding hands, stroking hair, sleeping every night in the same bed) that would immediately lead a Westerner to conclude that two men are gay don't even begin to raise an eyebrow here. The scene for lesbians is non-existent. One lesbian Australian was here for more than five yaers and met two Bangladeshi lesbians in her time here. - Feb 8, 2011
It would not be a good city for straight, gay, bi-, oversexed, undersexed or a-sexual persons. - Jan 7, 2011
On the surface of Bangladeshi society, no, but there have been gay couples at the embassy who enjoyed their tours, as well as gay staff who have managed to make social connections in Dhaka's gay scene. - Oct 25, 2010
No--this is a very conservative society. The scene is small and very underground. - Oct 30, 2009
I don't think so. There is a small scene, but this is a very conservative society. If you are bringing your partner, you'll probably be ok. - Aug 6, 2009
No. If you are not brining a partner and want to have a dating life, do not come here. - Mar 13, 2009
Possibly, depending on objectives. - Nov 20, 2008
You won't find any gay clubs. As is common in other Muslim countries, men and women walk around with each other holding hands. - Feb 24, 2008