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. >>>
About 1,000 gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters, many dressed in colourful clothes and holding banners, marched through Kathmandu today to celebrate and demand rights for their community, in what has become an annual festival. >>>
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. >>>
After a drawn out and painful struggle with the Nepali bureaucracy, the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) finally succeeded today in getting the current Chief District Officer (CDO) of Kathmandu to renew its annual operating license that had been suspended since last 9 months. >>>
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.
The government of Nepal should allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups to operate freely and end arbitrary arrests of LGBT people, Human Rights Watch said. The government should investigate threats and attacks against LGBT people. Widespread harassment, including by the government, has contributed to a climate of fear among LGBT people and activists in Nepal, and has interrupted vital activities, including HIV prevention work. >>>
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.
Nepalese LGBTs have marched through the country’s second largest city to demand that the government deliver on its commitments to recognize a third-gender in government documents and outlaw discrimination against LGBTs. >>>
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.
During the disaster preparedness program or during and after the disaster and during the relief program, the planners, organizers and authorities don't keep homosexuals and third-gender (Trans-gender) in mind. Often, third-genders are excluded from or homosexuals and third-genders are discriminated at the disaster relief programs. We must change such discriminatory practices. >>>
On Dec. 27, 2007, the Supreme Court of Nepal issued a decision that has been called "arguably the single most comprehensive judgment affirming protections for gender identity anywhere in the world." The decision in Pant v. Nepal was overwhelmingly in favor of the petitioners, a group of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) rights NGOs led by Sunil Babu Pant, president of the Blue Diamond Society, a sexual health and human rights organization founded in 2001. >>>
In one of the latest efforts by activists, Nepal has launched an LGBTI sporting event that will further help in mainstreaming the LGBTI community in the country. Organized by the Kathmandu-based Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal's first non-government organization advocating on gay rights issues, "Blue Diamond National Sport Competition 2012" is scheduled for September. >>>