Bangladesh mosque welcomes transgender community

A new mosque in Bangladesh has extended a warm welcome to the transgender community, signaling a step towards inclusivity and acceptance

In a groundbreaking move, the marginalized transgender hijra community in Bangladesh has found solace and acceptance in a newly opened mosque after enduring years of exclusion from mainstream prayer services.

The historic moment unfolded as they were warmly embraced into the fold of the faithful, promising an end to their struggles against discrimination within religious spaces.

Previously ostracized from traditional mosques, the transgender community found refuge in a humble yet significant sanctuary—a modest one-room shed adorned with walls and a tin roof.

Serving not only as a place of worship but also as a symbol of hope and progress, this newfound haven has become their communal hub, where they can gather without fear of rejection.

Despite recent strides in legal and political recognition, prejudice against the transgender community persists in Bangladesh.

However, the inauguration of this inclusive mosque marks a pivotal step towards combating such discrimination.

At the heart of this momentous occasion stood community activist Joyita Tonu, whose impassioned address to the gathered crowd resonated with the promise of equality and acceptance.

With unwavering resolve, she declared, “From now on, no one can deny a hijra from praying in our mosque,” igniting a spark of hope for a more inclusive and compassionate future.