Nepal’s education board has included sexuality and gender diversity as part of the school curriculum on sexual and reproductive health for Classes 6, 7 and 8. The new syllabus on the subject of ‘Health and Physical Education’, includes components on homosexual attraction and third gender (transgenders), among other topics related to sexual health and awareness. Guidelines for instructors emphasize that these topics need to be taught in a way such that students learn to be respectful and sensitive towards transgender and homosexual communities. >>>
Nepali politician Sunil Babu Pant, the country’s most visible equal rights crusader for LGBT is happy on his Nobel Peace Prize nomination for this year. Pant says that he did not initially believe that he had been nominated until friends and LGBT community members started sending him congratulatory messages and emails. >>>
A gay lawmaker in Nepal has said that not a single religious group has made a complaint following a decision by the government to grant equal rights to LGBT citizens. In May, The Home Ministry of Nepal agreed to grant citizenship to those identifying themselves as LGBT.
Gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters marched in a Nepalese town Friday to demand recognition as a third gender in citizen certificates, to allow same-sex marriage and to criminalize discrimination based on sexual preference.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on HIV/AIDS prevention in Nepal are awaiting $10 million in aid held up by government bureaucratic delays, according to the World Policy Institute (WPI) think-tank, and sources in the country say some unpaid employees are turning to sex work to pay their bills. >>>