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Al-Qaeda affiliate claims responsibility for attack that killed editor of magazine for LGBT community.

Two people, including the editor of a magazine for the transgender community, have been hacked to death in the capital of Bangladesh.

A third person, a security guard at the apartment building where the killings took place, was seriously wounded in Monday’s attack in Dhaka, in which six attackers murdered Julhas Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar.

Mannan was the editor of Rupban, the only LGBT magazine in the country.

“Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death,” Maruf Hossain Sarder, a Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman, told the AFP news agency.

No suspects have been arrested, police officer Shamim Ahmed told the Associated Press news agency.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Hasina vowed to hunt down and prosecute those responsible.

She accused the country’s opposition party and what she called allied armed groups of being behind the killings. The opposition has denied the allegations.

“The BNP-Jamaat nexus has been engaged in such secret and heinous murders in various forms to destabilise the country,” Hasina said, referring to the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party and the outlawed Jamaat-e-Islami party.

“Such killings are being staged in a planned way.”

But the BNP called Hasina’s accusations “ridiculous and unfortunate”.

“How can the government come to the conclusion without any proper investigation?” Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the secretary general, told Al Jazeera.

“Instead of finding the murderers, the government is busy accusing the democratic opposition,” he said, adding the government has failed to investigate a spate of recent killings.

Alamgir said that govermnment repression of opposition has shrunk the democratic space and the extremists are taking advantage of that.

Ansar al-Islam claim

A group affiliated to al-Qaeda later claimed responsibility, the Reuters news agency has reported.

A Twitter account associated with the Ansar al-Islam group said its members had killed the men, denouncing them as “the pioneers of practicing (sic) and promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh.”

Source: Two gay rights activists hacked to death in Bangladesh – AJE News

Two people have been hacked to death in a suspected Islamic militant attack, police have said.

Xulhaz Mannan, editor of LGBT magazine Roopban, and a friend were both slaughtered when they raided his apartment.

They are believed to have posed as couriers to gain access to the building, killing Mannan, a friend, and injuring a third person in Dhaka.

Roopban is Bangladesh’s first magazine aimed at the LGBT community.

Mannan previously worked as a protocol officer for a former US ambassador to Bangladesh. The other victim of today’s attack was a friend of Mannan’s named Tanay Majumder.

A security guard working at the house explained how five youths, who were posing as couriers, came to the apartment at 5pm.

He said: ‘But half an hour later, I heard shouting and shooting sound from the flat and went to look into the incident.

‘The assailants then attacked me with knives.’

Source: Xulhaz Mannan editor of Bangladesh’s LGBT magazine Roopban ‘hacked to death’ by militants | Metro News

The UK Foreign Office has changed its travel advice for North Carolina and Mississippi to warn LGBT tourists of the dangers of visiting the two states after both introduced laws described by campaigners as “anti-gay”.

Posted on the official government website on Tuesday, the updated travel advice states: “The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country.

“LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi. Before travelling please read our general travel advice for the LGBT community. You can find more detail on LGBT issues in the US on the website of the Human Rights Campaign.”

Ty Cobb, director of US-based Human Rights Campaign Global, said it was “frightening and embarrassing” that the UK has warned its citizens of the risks of travelling to two southern states.

House Bill 2 (HB2) was passed by North Carolina’s government in March, overturning a city ordinance that sought to extend rights to the LGBT community, including allowing transgender residents to use the bathroom of the sex they identified with.

HB2, signed into law by the governor Pat McCrory, blocks local governments from enacting laws with anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, and requires transgender people to use bathrooms that match with their biological sex, even if doing so violates their gender identity. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina have brought a legal challenge in federal court against the law.

The move has already had an economic impact on North Carolina, according to Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, which promotes tourism in the area. It said $2.4m (£1.6m) in lost business was reported last week, up from $732,000 a week before. By Monday, the total losses were about $3.1m.

Wake County, the second-largest county in North Carolina, has been particularly hit by the new law, as it is home to the PNC arena in Raleigh. The losses will probably continue to increase as Pearl Jam cancelled a concert that was supposed to have taken place there on Wednesday.

“The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens,” the band said in a handwritten statement posted on its Facebook page. “We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.”

Source: Foreign Office warns LGBT tourists of North Carolina and Mississippi travel | World news | The Guardian

Chaya, not her real name, is an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who is gay. Here she describes her struggle to accept her sexuality, and why she has to keep it a secret from those who would make her choose between her identity and her family.

I would lose everything if I came out. We are a tightly knit community and I think few people realise just how isolated we are. In the world I live in, being gay is the equivalent of being a bad person. It’s seen as an evil desire that is completely unnatural.

People I have grown up with would wonder what else I could be capable of. Few would believe that I could still be religious and if I did eventually leave the Haredi community it would mean losing my job, my home and potentially my children.

It’s just easier for everyone to pretend that there is nothing different about me. In fact, most people prefer to act as though homosexuality does not exist.

I was still at school when I first tried telling a rabbi I was gay but all he said in response was: “It’s just a phase, it happens to a lot of girls.”

Source: My secret life as a gay ultra-Orthodox Jew – BBC News

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