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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.

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17th September 2013 03:14

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

‘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 of the community.

Originally a hospice for LGBTs in an advanced state of AIDS, the shelter has been upgraded into a five-story building boasting a mini theater that can double up as a conference hall, a library for documenting LGBT-related literature and legal information, and a sanctuary for members of the community who are thrown out by their families or society, be it in Nepal or abroad.

‘People in Uganda and Cameroon are also welcome to our center if they can come here,’ says Pant. ‘Nepal is one of the most tourist-friendly countries in the world, offering visa on arrival to many nationalities.

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