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The Spark

How Sunil Pant ignited a queer rights movement in Nepal |One| On A Monsoon Night In 2005, Sunil Babu Pant was at home in Kathmandu, in the flat he shared with his parents. For the past two days, his phone had been ringing incessantly; doctors at a government hospital across town were calling about an… Read more »

Himalayas offer asylum for persecuted LGBTs

Nepal’s pioneering gay rights group opens Pink Himalayan Center in Kathmandu to shelter victims and people with HIV/AIDS ‘This center is open to everyone, to all persecuted LGBTs,’ says a proud Sunil Pant, announcing the formal inauguration of the Pink Himalayan Center in Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the first sanctuary in South Asia for persecuted members… Read more »

New LGBT Center for Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal – The new community centre built for the LGBTI community of Nepal and South, called the Pink Himalayan Centre, was inaugurated today in a grand function. The Centre located at Dhumabarahi is a whitewashed five-story structure. Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s leading LGBTI rights organization will be relocating its offices from Lazimpat – where… Read more »

Nepal: Government excludes gay community from HIV meeting

Nepal’s interim government has been criticised for ignoring the country’s gay community and misusing funds after it sent only three officials to a HIV conference in Bangkok. The three-day regional meeting in Bangkok from 21 August was set to be include a host of experts on ‘men who have sex with men,’ (MSM) and transgender… Read more »

4th Kathmandu Gaijatra LGBT Pride Festival draws hundreds

The organizers of the 2013 Gaijatra Pride Festival in Nepal have declared the event a ‘grand success’ after around a thousand people took part Around a thousand LGBTs marched through the streets of Kathmandu on Thursday for the 4th annual Kathmandu Gaijatra Pride march to demand equality. This year’s event’s theme was ‘Our vote counts,… Read more »

LGBTs get their ‘national anthem’ in Nepal

Third-gender activist’s music video on the sorrows of marginalization to hit the market ahead of traditional women’s festival After winning a Supreme Court judgment that allows same-sex marriage and asks the government to make laws to protect their rights, the burgeoning LGBT community in Nepal has another cause to celebrate – getting their own “national… Read more »

Supreme Orders Government to Issue Third Gender Passports

Kathmandu, Nepal – The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government to issue passports to the third gender by ammending the Passport Regulations. A division bench of Justices Sushila Karki and Baidaynath Upadhyay ruled this responding to a petition filed by Dilu Buduja on July 25, 2011. Buduja, a third gender and an original resident… Read more »

Chief District Office of Kathmandu renews annual operating license for Blue Diamond Society after false allegations are cleared.

After a drawn out and painful struggle with the Nepali bureaucracy, the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) finally succeeded today in getting the current Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kathmandu to renew its annual operating license that had been suspended since last 9 months. This long awaited and much welcomed move was the product of a… Read more »

Nepal gov hosts LGBTI rights seminar, but decides not to renew only gay rights group’s license

Nepal’s government is hosting a UN seminar on LGBTI human rights this week, but has decided not to renew license of the country’s only gay rights group Details have been released for a UN seminar on LGBTI human rights in Nepal this week, demonstrating the progressive attitude of the government. But at the same time… Read more »

Nepal pioneers a third gender on official documents, but concerns persist

In January of this year Nepal officially recognized a third gender category on citizenship documents. Local media lauded the government for recognizing the rights of sexual and gender minorities in the post-war fledgling republic, home to one of the most successful LGBT rights movements in the world. However despite this spike in attention, the reports… Read more »

Alarming Instances of Harassment Against Nepal’s Gender Minorities

Letter to Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Prime Minister of Nepal – Kathmandu, Nepal Honourable Prime Minister, We are writing this letter, as the leadership of the International AIDS Society, to express our deep concern in relation to the alarming instances of harassment that sexual and gender minorities, and the organizations that champion their cause in Nepal,… Read more »

Asia’s first gay sports tournament in Nepal–Photo Gallery

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Asia’s first gay sports tournament begins in Nepal

Hundreds of athletes Friday took part in Asia’s first-ever sports tournament for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, organisers said. The three-day event at the national football stadium and other venues around Kathmandu kicked off with a football match between local teams. The tournament features basketball, volleyball, football, martial arts and… Read more »

Louganis boost to South Asia’s first LGBTI games

Nepal is set to host South Asia’s first sports festival exclusively for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered and intersexes -LGBTI in short-a three-day event which will kick start this Friday. But more than the 350 athletes from Nepal and 150 others expected from 17 countries, the main attraction of the festival would be Olympic legend Gregory… Read more »

Self-perception of stigma and discrimination among men having sex with men.

Self-perception of stigma and discrimination among men having sex with men. Abstract Background: Men having sex with men are hidden population in Nepal due to existing of stigma and discrimination in social, economic and others aspects. Due to present stigma and discrimination majority of men having sex with men do not have access to HIV/AIDS… Read more »

Nepal to host LGBTI sports festival Oct 12-14

In what organisers have dubbed to be a first for South Asia, Nepal will host a LGBTI sports festival in Kathmandu from October 12 to 14 that will see the participation of at least 200 local amateur athletes from the LGBTI community and some 150 foreign athletes from 17 countries. which are organised by “lesbian,… Read more »

Update Regarding The Situation With Sagarmatha TV

Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s leading human rights organization which has been fighting for the rights of sexual and gender minorities since 2001 strongly condemned the sensational piece of yellow journalism broadcast by Sagarmatha TV starting on August 14, 2012. Sagarmatha TV’s Khoj Khabar program which bills itself as “investigative journalism,” put a black mark… Read more »

An openly gay Olympian, Greg Louganis, confirmed to be the guest of honor for South Asia’s First LGBTI sport festival…

Kathmandu, Nepal – In what is a ‘first’ for South Asia, Nepal will be hosting a LGBTI sports festival at the Dasharath Rangashala stadium and the National Theater Hall in Kathmandu from October 12 to 14 this year. This unique sporting and social awareness event is modeled on the global Gay Games which are organized… Read more »

Nepalese LGBT rights group condemn ‘brazen thuggery’ of ‘biased and malicious’ TV programme

The Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s leading LGBT rights organisation, have issued a statement condemning “a biased and malicious” news report about their activities, which was screened on a national television station this week. Sagarmatha TV’s Khoj Khabar programme – which is described as an “investigative journalism” show – allegedly accused BDS of corruption and… Read more »

Third gender finally recognized in Nepal

LGBT community welcomed a decision by the Nepalese government to recognize third gender as ‘other’ The LGBT community in Nepal has welcomed a decision by the government to recognize third gender people as ‘other’ on citizenship identification cards. Third gender refers to people who consider themselves neither male nor female and includes people who present… Read more »

Nepal’s Sunil Pant Keeps His Country at the Forefront of LGBT Rights

There is not one single gay bar in Nepal. Yet this small country, which ranks near the bottom of the Human Development Index, emerges as a world leader in progressive laws supporting LGBT individuals. The man behind all of this is Sunil Pant, Founder and Director of the Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s LGBT organization. Under… Read more »

Nepal’s first gender-neutral public toilet to be unveiled

Nepal’s first openly gay MP has secured the opening of the country’s first gender-neutral toilet. The public convenience, paid for by a Parliamentary Development Fund, will opened next week in the western city of Nepalgunj under the auspices of Sunil Pant. Mr Pant told PinkNews.co.uk “I decided to use part of my Parliamentary Development Fund… Read more »