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Transgender Bangladeshis hold first-ever pride march

A Bangladeshi hijra - transgender - holds a national flag as she dances during a rally to mark the first ever nationwide program to observe 'Hijra Day', in Dhaka on November 10, 2014At least 1,000 transgender Bangladeshis staged the conservative mainly Muslim country’s first ever pride march on Monday to mark one year since the government recognised them as a third gender. Dhaka’s busy roads were brought to a standstill as the transgender marchers, or hijras as they are known in Bangladesh, danced and sang their way through the streets, drawing crowds of spectators. In a landmark decision, the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last November recognised the hijras as a third gender, securing their rights and allowing them to identify themselves as a separate gender in passports and other state papers.

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