Shale Ahmed is working for the establishment of health and human rights for Bangladesh's Kothi, transgender, and 'men who have sex with men' (MSM) communities. In a country where men with homosexual preferences and/or feminized behavior and dress are considered citizens by neither the public nor the state, Shale and his organization, the Bandhu Social Welfare Society, are providing medical care, advocacy and job training that these individuals can find nowhere else in Bangladesh. The Bandhu Social Welfare Society offers men and transgender individuals access to healthcare and peer counseling to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among other illnesses. The Society also links individuals to lawyers and advocates while also offering opportunities for them to lobby as part of a community of peers to the government and the larger society. Established by Shale in 1996, the Society has worked with thousands of MSM and transgender individuals over the past 12 years.