First Transgender Newsreader In Bangladesh Burst Into Tears After Finishing Her First Bulletin

Salena Harshini |Mar 10, 2021

She is the country's first transgender newsreader & has been hailed a trailblazer. See the heart-touching moments!

The first-ever transgender news reporter of Bangladesh pulled off a perfect debut for a private TV channel. She was loaded with emotion right after the session.

The start of something new

Amid her colleagues’ cheers, Tashnuva Anan Shishir burst into tears after a news bulletin that lasts three minutes. The news-reading session on International Women’s Day is considered a “historic step”.

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The first transgender newsreader in Bangladesh in her first broadcast.

Before this, the first Bangladesh transgender news anchor faces years of bullying and sexual assault. Her father also shunned her and she tried to commit suicide four times.

For the unknown, Bangladesh has around 1.5 million transgender people. They have to cope with violence and discrimination while also often forced to live by crime, begging, or sex trade.

The experience of Tashnuva Anan Shishir delivering her 3-minute news on TV was typical.

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Tashnuva Anan Shishir broke down in tears as colleagues supported her.

Her broadcast on Monday follows the private and public firms’ steps to overcome deep prejudices against the community.

Julfikar Ali Manik, a spokesman for Boishakhi TV, said the channel was determined to give Shishir a chance to shine despite the risk of backlash from some viewers in the conservative country.

Moreover, Julfikar Ali Manik, Boishakhi TV’s spokesman, said the private channel wanted to give her an opportunity to shine. They were determined in spite of the possibility for backlashes from viewers in the conservative nation.

Colleagues And Tashnuva Anan Shishir Hug After The
Colleagues and Tashnuva Anan Shishir shared a hug after the broadcast.

He added, Her debut marked a "historic step”.

The journey of the first Bangladesh transgender news anchor

Tashnuva’s previous name was Kamal Hossain Shishir. She realized her woman nature since an early teenage age.

Shishir who is now 29 said,

“The bullying was so unbearable I attempted suicide four times. My father stopped talking to me for years.

'When I couldn't cope with it anymore, I left home... I couldn't stand the neighbors telling my father about how I should act or walk in a masculine way.”

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She went through struggling adolescence to be where she is now.

Afterward, she left her house in a coastal area and moved to the capital Dhaka. She lived alone there and then fled to Narayanganj’s central city.

The first Bangladesh transgender news anchor did hormone therapy, worked for charities, acted in theaters while also keeping up with studying.

Tashnuva Anan Shishir Gets Ready For Her On Air Se
In January, she became the very first transgender to learn for a master’s degree in public health at the James P Grant School of Public Health.

The news shared that she went for a lot of auditions but Boishakhi is the only channel that was “brave enough to take me in”.

Although Shishir was terrified, she did a great job and received cheering, handclapping, and hugs from her colleagues.

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'I don't want any members of the (transgender) community to suffer. I don't want them to live a miserable life."

Bangladeshis might be seeing her more on the screens. This year, she has signed on for two films. In one of them, she will be playing a female football coach.

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