When I met him in the back of a rental car in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in September 2016, LGBT activist Anam* had three conditions: no photos, bring him back home before dark, and change his name in anything I wrote. Anam has been living in hiding in Dhaka for one full year this week. He left his flat downtown days after his mentor and friend, Xulhaz Mannan, was murdered in his home. Xulhaz was the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine. He was an activist, organizer, writer, and “walking hub” of Dhaka’s urban gay social scene, according to friends. He was also an employee of the US Embassy in Dhaka.
May 3 / Huffington Post