Who We Are

About

Boys of Bangladesh, popularly abbreviated BoB, formerly known as Boys Only Bangladesh, is the oldest running and the largest network of self-identified Bangladeshi gay men living in the country and abroad. Based in Dhaka, this non-registered, non-funded and non-formal group is run by a pool of volunteers. Boys of Bangladesh has been operating since 2002. The Facebook page of BoB acts as the main networking medium in addition to a website and a Yahoo Group. The organization does not have any office space and paid staff.

BoB is a full member of Human Rights Forum of Bangladesh, Human Rights Alliance of Bangladesh and International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

Mission

Eliminate all kinds discrimination and violence against LGBT persons and work towards an inclusive and just society.

Vision

BoB envisages a society where every individual regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity can enjoy life to its full potential with dignity and rights.

What We Do

Community Mobilization

BoB regularly organizes various community events such as get-togethers, picnics, film screenings, trainings, workshops, and various innovative programs to help LGBT individuals come together, find peer support and to be more visible and assertive of their human rights. It also runs a telephone line for psycho-social support. All the community events are self-sustaining in the sense that participants collectively bear the cost of the events, which give them a sense of ownership and belonging.

Advocacy and Policy

Decriminalization of same-sex relationship has been the primary goal of BoB. In order to do so it actively engages with various policy makers and stakeholders nationally and internationally. BoB has produced research papers, educative materials, conducted surveys, and fed into numerous consultations on the LGBT rights.

Networking

BoB believes in the intersectionality of all social movements and hence has been working closely with leading human rights organizations, women rights movement, indigenous groups and other minorities. Since it is non-registered and non-funded, it conducts majority of its activities in partnership with other organizations thus enabling it to reach to a wider audience and build relationship. BoB regularly organizes sensitization workshops for various organizations and takes part in meeting, seminars and conferences both nationally and internationally.

Our History

In its long and perilous journey so far, Boys of Bangladesh has achieved some amazing feat. We have been able to put a human face to the once invisible and ignored issue. Here is a timeline with some major milestones.

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Volunteers

Boys of Bangladesh (BoB) welcomes volunteers with all range of abilities, skills, and interest. We aim to create an equitable society irrespective of class, caste, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Volunteers are at the core of BoB and our movement. They play a vital role in planning and executing community events.

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