Attacks motivated by religious extremism have not sprouted up overnight in Bangladesh, but the Dhaka massacre on July 1 raised the scale of the killing. IS has claimed responsibility.
The tailor is the most recent victim in a string of similar hacking deaths in Bangladesh, all of which have been claimed by the Islamic State.
A Twitter account associated with Ansar al Islam, an al Qaeda affiliate, said its members killed the two men because they were "pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh."
The government has banned an Islamist militant group suspected of being behind recent blogger killings, but persecuted commentators argue that it appears to be in league with fundamentalists.
'I Would Rather Die Than Go Back': We Spoke to an Opposition Activist on the Run About Life in Bangladesh's Jails
Thousands of activists have been jailed during three months of nationwide opposition protests, many swept up in mass arrests, and the country's prisons are bursting at the seams.
Rescue crews are still searching for at least 20 passengers who are still missing after the seventh crash so far this year on Bangladesh’s waterways.
The latest in a string of such incidents, the assault brings to more than 50 the death toll from a month of opposition protests, strikes and blockades.
Bangladesh's opposition leader called mass protests across the country for "democracy killing day" on January 5, and it has been in violent turmoil since.
Bangladesh hosted the largest trans pride parade in the nation's history earlier this month to celebrate the one-year anniversary of an inclusive government policy.
When President Obama meets this week with Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, he'll be meeting with a calculated politician, not an innocent champion of democracy.