BANGKOK (AP) A lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer group of Bangladeshi immigrants is pushing to have a women’s shelter set up to care for their relatives after they were barred from donating blood.
The Bangladesh Ministry of Social Welfare and Development said Tuesday the women’s group, BANG Bangs, is trying to organize the Women’s Network for the Prevention of Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (NWPBT), which is working to get support from other groups.
The group, which is made up of about 80 members, started working on the plan after the government barred women and gay men from donating to blood banks because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
They say the government has not given them enough resources to get the women in need medical treatment.BANG Bangers say they have been waiting for years to get access to blood donation because of the lack of services and that the government’s policies discriminate against gay men.
The group is pushing for more than 1,000 donated blood donations to be given to LGBT people.
The women have been working to raise awareness about HIV and other health issues for the last several years.
The NWPBT hopes to have about 20 volunteers and support staff by March.
They have also created a social media campaign to inform people of the campaign and to show support for the campaign, which has received over 7,000 likes.