The founder and until recently the Executive Director of Blue Diamond Society (BDS) introduces his replacement as Executive Director. The eminent Sunil Pant also thanked people who helped him and Blue Diamond Society in their struggle for LGBTI rights advocacy and reforms in Nepal for the past 13 years. Read Sunil Pant's message below. >>>
Sunil Pant has come along way from not even knowing the word for gay before he was twenty to getting LGBTI rights recognized by the Supreme Court in Nepal, and he's not going to let current troubles hold him back.
“A climate of fear and intimidation” is now pervasive, says a leading Nepali activist. This is a dramatic reversal in a country whose Supreme Court created broad protections for LGBT people in a 2007 court ruling.
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 it has decided not to renew the license for Nepal's only gay rights group.
Following the signing of a major peace agreement, key political parties in Nepal are scheduled to conclude a constitutional reform process this month. The complicated drafting process and years of preceding negotiations have finally enabled longtime enemy factions, including Maoists, to come to the table together. >>>
Almost four years after Nepal’s Supreme Court recognized the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, the South Asian country may get a new constitution that secures their rights.
More than 70 gay rights activists were detained in the Nepali capital on Tuesday in a crackdown on a rally to demand government identification papers for transgender people, police and activists said. >>>