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Sunil Pant, founder of Blue Diamond Society (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kyle-knight/new-york-city-lgbt-center_2_b_1110475.html)
First LGBTI community Center in South Asia "Pink Himalayan Center" is open in Kathmandu

in NEPAL, 13/09/2013

In the presence of international delegates, media and community people, the new community centre “The Pink Himalayan Centre”, built for the LGBTI community of Nepal and South Asia region was inaugurated on 9th of September 2013 in a grand function.  Blue Diamond Society received financial support to build this center from Nepal government, Norwegian government,  Danish embassy,  US embassy and contributions from community members  in and outside the country.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal Alf Arne Ramslien, Australian Ambassador to Nepal Glenn White, UNAIDS Country Coordinator Dr. Ruben F. Del Prado, and U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Marissa Polnerow.  The event also honored Sunil Babu Pant, Founder and ex-Executive Director of Blue Diamond Society and a Member of Parliament (2008-2012). 

Mr. Pant said that the idea to build the centre six years ago came to him when HIV patients from the LGBTI community were being evicted from places where they were getting shelter and care.  So BDS approached the Norwegian Embassy who provided funding to build this centre.  It is built on the model of a similar centre in New York City in the United States.  Mr. Pant said that this will not just be a concrete structure but a true home for the community, a safe space where they can be comfortable and not have to worry about being judged and harassed.  As a community devoted to the well being of its members and the country, BDS will be investing in arts, sciences and cultural activities.

Dr. del Prado of UNAIDS said that the LGBTI community of Nepal had achieved their dream of building its own centre and he praised this huge achievement.

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