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Sunil Pant (http://getgaytravel.com/tag/gay-rights)
'People think we are powerless and voiceless, but we have enormous power'

in NEPAL, 30/04/2013

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.

It's not an easy time for Sunil Pant, founder of the largest LGBT rights group in Nepal, Blue Diamond Society (BDS). A government office has sat on the renewal of BDS's license, holding-up funding so that staff haven't been paid for months. LGBTI activists are also being harassed, which Pant links to the same government officer.

When we met in him at the BDS office in Kathamandu, we ask about the recent troubles, including allegations of corruption, but also about happier times: his childhood, an awakening of gay consciousness in a bookshop in Tokyo and the political achievements of the LGBTI rights activists in Nepal in the last 12 years.

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