Tag: gay bhutan

Bhutan’s underground gay community seeks acceptance

He admits his view had been coloured by a Wikipedia search that threw up Bhutan’s Penal clauses criminalising homosexuality, and not because of anyone else’s experiences. Clauses 213 and 214 in the Penal Code of Bhutan criminalise homosexual relationship. It states that a defendant shall be guilty of the offence of unnatural sex, if the… Read more »

Bhutan’s underground gay community seeks acceptance

Homosexuality is a taboo subject in Bhutan, but BBS presenter Namgay Zam says it’s no longer a black and white issue, and perhaps Bhutan should look with an open mind at the rainbow. The affirmation of the existence of a Bhutanese gay population only happened with the creation of the Facebook page and Twitter handle… Read more »

Bhutan lawmaker says law criminalizing gays may go

Bhutan MP Sangay Khandu says the country will have to revisit its laws criminalizing gay sex as attitudes change towards LGBTs Gasa Dzongkhag MP and Secretary of Bhutan’s National Land Commission Sangay Khandu has said that laws criminalizing homosexuality in the Himalayan nation will need to be reviewed as attitudes change towards LGBT people. ‘The… Read more »

Is this the happiest nation on earth?

In Bhutan tourists must contribute at least $250 a day. Anna Leach joins them to delve into the Himalayan country’s Gross National Happiness index. Is it just a gimmick or are the Bhutanese happier than other nationalities? Bhutan: Home to the happiest people on earth – officially. Bhutan is famous for its Gross National Happiness… Read more »

More equal or less equal?

As a country in pursuit of harmony and happiness, gender equality has lately become an issue in Bhutan. From cultural and traditional stereotypes to the marriage act to women’s access to inner sanctum of lhakhangs and dzongs, Metho Dema explores what issues of concern underpin gender debate. There is a popular story about a minister,… Read more »

How gay are Bhutanese gays?

Article 213 in Chapter 14 of the Penal Code of Bhutan states, “A defendant shall be guilty of the offence of unnatural sex, if the defendant engages in sodomy or any other sexual conduct that is against the order of nature” Does unnatural sex, which is graded as a petty misdemeanour, include homosexuality? How rife… Read more »