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Tashnuva Anan

By Steven Franco

Tashnuva Anan is a pioneering transgender human rights activist, actress, model, and dancer hailing from Bangladesh. She made history by becoming Bangladesh’s first transgender news anchor, breaking down gender barriers and inspiring others in the transgender community to pursue mainstream careers. Tashnuva also holds a unique position on the ILGA World board as the sole Bangladeshi representative.

With a background in public health, she has dedicated years to advocating for the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of SOGIESC (sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and sex characteristics) individuals in South Asia. Her advocacy centers around advancing the human rights of SOGIESC individuals and Human Rights Organizations.

Beyond her activism, Tashnuva is a versatile artist, having acted, designed, directed, and managed stages in numerous productions. Her notable roles include appearances in productions like “Tamoshik,” “Nononpurer melay ekjon komla sundori o ekti bagh ase,” and “Khona.” She has also received accolades for her talent, such as the Drama Desk Award for her role as Shou in “Public Obscenities” and the Annyanya Human Rights Award for her tireless efforts in promoting transgender rights in Bangladesh.

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Photo Credit: Desmond Picotte for The New York Times