Mazharul Islam is one of the winners of Attitude Pride Award 2018, having been nominated for this award after organising a protest in London in front of the Bangladesh High Commissioner. The protest asked for justice for Maz’s two LGBT activist friends who were brutally murdered in Bangladesh on April 25th, 2018.
The grant would be used to creatively develop and build for the next vigil outside the Bangladeshi High Commission beyond Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
‘As a LGBTQ activist from Bangladesh I want justice for my friends Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy and also want commonwealth leaders to take necessary steps to abolish the 377 penal code law against homosexuality among all the commonwealth countries including Bangladesh to give us the freedom to live in our own countries as any other normal citizen. - Mazharul Islam, LGBTQ activist from Bangladesh