BANGLADESH: For the first time in Bangladesh, a local television station has hired a transgender named Tashnuva Anan Shishir as a newscaster.
Speaking about her appointment as a news anchor, Tashnuva Anan Shishir said she and her community is overwhelmed with this. A performer by profession, a 29-year-old Tashnuva has previously been a model who turned into an actress later for a long time.
While revealing about her journey of knowing who she really was, Shishir asserted that she discovered in her early teens she was trapped in a man’s body. She shared she was sexually assaulted and bullied for years. According to her, the bullying was so unbearable that she attempted suicide four times.
“When I couldn’t cope with it anymore, I left home… I couldn’t stand the neighbours telling my father about how I should act or walk in a masculine way.” She fled her home and later underwent hormone therapy, took jobs working for charities, and acted in theatres, all the while keeping up her studies.
In January she also became the first transgender person to study for a master’s in public health at the James P Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka.