Striking Portraits Shed Light On Bangladesh’s Third GenderI feel like a mermaid. My body tells me that I am a man but my soul tells me that I am a woman. I am like a flower, a flower that is made of paper. I shall always be loved from a distance, never to be touched and no smell to fall in love with.” -Heena
Bangladeshi Hijras (transgender women) are individuals who were designated male at birth but adopted feminine gender roles. Their physical appearance and behavior set them apart in this conservative country.
Photographer Shahria Sharmin grew up thinking Hijras were “less than human”. Then she met Heena, who opened her life to the photographer and made her understand her, and others who live in her community, as the mothers, daughters, friends and lovers that they actually are.
The other little place to run away to.
Tangail, July 2014
Nikon D7100 + 35mm f/1.8 + VSCO