This week read about Ireland recognizing a gay couple as co-parents for the first time, and a television channel in Bangladesh hiring their first trans news anchor.

Television Channel in Bangladesh Hires First Trans News Anchor

Tashnuva Anan Shishir debuted on Dhaka-based Boishakhi TV on International Women's day.

Shishir, a transgender woman, has previously worked as a human rights activist and an actress. On television, she reads a three-minute news bulletin.

According to Euronews, after she finished it, she burst into tears as her colleagues applauded and cheered.

Since 2013, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has permitted trans people to register as a different gender. In 2018, they were granted the freedom to vote.

Boishakhi TV stated that it wanted to be a part of the changes and has hired a second trans person in its drama department.

“I was nervous, I was feeling so emotional, but I had in my mind that I must overcome this ordeal, this final test,” Shishir told Euronews.


Ireland’s First Same-Sex Couple Recognized as Co-Parents


Geraldine Rea and Niamh O'Sullivan. Photo via RTÉ, YouTube.

Two women from County Cork in Ireland, Geraldine Rea and Niamh O’Sullivan, have become the first same-sex couple in Ireland to be legally recognized as the co-parents of their children.

Following the enactment of the last sections of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015, a birth mother and her spouse are recognized as parents when a child is conceived through donor-assisted human reproduction.

According to Irish Central, male same-sex couples and female couples who travel overseas to fertility clinics aren’t covered by the legislation. Though, this could change in the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill, which is due to be published later this year.

"It's hugely important for children to have a legal relationship from birth with their parents, with the ones who care for them and love them on a daily basis," said LGBT Ireland Chief Executive Paula Fagan to the Irish Central.