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May 1, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of particular interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

May 1, 2015

Every Friday we sit down with Gaydio and discuss the stories of the week

One of the things that I look forward to each week is my Friday morning catchup with Chris and Emma – the breakfast team on Gaydio, the UK's only LGBTI radio station.

My challenge each week is to choose three stories that might be of particular interest to Gaydio readers. At Gay Star News our journalists around the world are writing hundreds of articles each week, so being forced to select just three is never an easy task.

Here are the three stories that have caught my eye this week:

April 30, 2015

It's time to take action to help people struggling to survive amidst the devastation of the earthquake

With the immense devastation of the 25 April Nepal earthquake now becoming apparent, disaster response and aid organizations from around the world are rapidly trying to find the most effective ways to help.

Disasters such as this obviously impact the entire country and everyone within it, but minorities and people already marginalised are at risk of being completely overlooked amidst the chaos.

Particularly vulnerable at this time are the people within the LGBTI community of Nepal.

April 30, 2015

It's time to take action to help people struggling to survive amidst the devastation of the earthquake

With the immense devastation of the 25 April Nepal earthquake now becoming apparent, disaster response and aid organizations from around the world are rapidly trying to find the most effective ways to help.

Disasters such as this obviously impact the entire country and everyone within it, but minorities and people already marginalised are at risk of being completely overlooked amidst the chaos.

Particularly vulnerable at this time are the people within the LGBTI community of Nepal.

April 27, 2015

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500

In times of terror, Nepalese LGBTI activists and others around the world are rallying to help people stay alive.

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500.

The US, UK, Australia, China, India, Israel, Japan and Pakistan have all provided aid to the country.

But Nepal says they need more, with shortages of water, food, electricity and medicine.

April 27, 2015

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500

In times of terror, Nepalese LGBTI activists and others around the world are rallying to help people stay alive.

Saturday's massive earthquake has killed at least 3,900 people and injured 6,500.

The US, UK, Australia, China, India, Israel, Japan and Pakistan have all provided aid to the country.

But Nepal says they need more, with shortages of water, food, electricity and medicine.

April 27, 2015

Israel will airlift 52 of its citizens out of earthquake ravaged Nepal who were in the country accessing commercial surrogacy and most are same-sex couples who cannot legally do so at home

A large group of gay and lesbian Israeli parents are being airlifted out of Nepal after being caught up in the earthquake.

They were in the country to access commercial surrogacy that they are banned from using in their own country.

Surrogacy is legal in Israel but only for heterosexual couples so singles and same-sex couples often travel overseas to access commercial surogacy.

With countries like Thailand cracking down on the practice, there has been a growth in the sector in Nepal.

April 13, 2015

Looking to travel abroad for surrogacy? Mark Heppinstall, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, explains the options for UK parents

Surrogacy arrangements are becoming ever more popular.

Although official statistics remain hard to come by, recent research suggests that people from the UK are statistically the most likely of our European counterparts to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements abroad.

The legal position varies widely from country to country and there is little consistency across different legal jurisdictions.

March 5, 2015

Australia, USA and Israel among countries asked to clarify rights of traveling British wedded same sex couples
 

British married gay couples hoping to travel will soon know their rights abroad in more than 70 countries, following a request from the UK government.

Equalities minister Jo Swinson has requested that countries including Australia, Israel and the US make clear how safe it is for married gay tourists.

More than 70 government authorities have been questioned to clarify the rights of gay people while working, travelling or living abroad- which has been a grey area.

February 24, 2015

Randy Berry will advocate for LGBTI rights globally

The US State Department Monday (23 February) named Randy Berry as its first LGBTI rights envoy.

The openly gay diplomat is currently the US consul general in Amsterdam and has served in Bangladesh, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he 'could not be more proud' to announce Berry as the first-ever special envoy for the human rights of LGBTI persons.

February 10, 2015

'Nepal will have the marriage equality law, it's just a matter of time'

Nepal should legalize gay marriage, says a committee charged with implementing a 2007 Supreme Court ruling to improve LGBTI rights in the south Asian country.

The same-sex marriage study committee, led by former secretary of the ministry of health and population Laxmi Raj Pathak, finally submitted its report yesterday (9 February), more than four years after its formation.

February 6, 2015

'This community should be treated as any other human being'

Nepal's minister for information and communication has said the government is ready to amend discriminatory legal provisions against sexual minorities.

Speaking on Wednesday (4 Febuary) at the first day of a three-day South Asian transgender and hijra consultation in Kathmandu, Minendra Rijal said the government had started the process by issuing passports with a third gender.

January 8, 2015

Activists say recognition on travel documents will help tackle discrimination

Nepal yesterday (7 January) announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender.

'We have changed the passport regulations and will add a third category of gender for those people who do not want to be identified as male or female,' Lok Bahadur Thapa, chief of the government’s passport department, told Reuters.

January 8, 2015

Activists say recognition on travel documents will help tackle discrimination

Nepal yesterday (7 January) announced plans to add a third gender category to passports, following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling recognizing third gender.

'We have changed the passport regulations and will add a third category of gender for those people who do not want to be identified as male or female,' Lok Bahadur Thapa, chief of the government’s passport department, told Reuters.

December 17, 2014

‘It has for sure provided us extra energy to continue our campaign for rights'

An investigation by a Nepalese govenment agency has refuted allegations of corruption at the country's largest LGBTI group.

The Social Welfare Council (SWC) has released a report that rebutted charges of corruption and irregularities leveled against the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) and founder Sunil Pant.

The allegations were made two years ago and resulted in the group losing its license as well as funding gaps and the demoralization of  its 750 full-time staff who were not paid for more than seven months.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

August 12, 2014

For the fifth year in a row, LGBTI Nepalese have appropriated the traditional Hindu festival of Gaijatra to demand that their government grants them the equality ordered by the country’s courts

Nepal’s LGBTI community took to the streets for the fifth year in a row on Monday to take part in the traditional Hindu festival of Gaijatra, or Festival of Cows.

Gaijatra is a traditional time when Nepalese people dress up, wearing flamboyant costumes to remember those who have died in the past year, and traditionally many people have cross-dressed for the festival.

Participants gathered for a march organized by LGBTI rights group the Blue Diamond Society at Basantapur, Kathmandu to toot horns and ring chimes in a colourful and noisy display.

August 3, 2014

The UNDP, which is known to be a supporter of LGBT rights worldwide, had provided funding for the original two committees that drafted the codes but did not monitor their outcome, Sunil Pant, Nepal's first openly gay politician, tells Gay Star News

It’s a dramatic reversal for a country whose Supreme Court ruled in 2007 to ensure broad protections for LGBTI people and whose government was looking into legalizing same-sex marriage after a Supreme Court decision in 2008.

Today, the LGBTI community faces fresh opposition as the law ministry under law and justice minister Narahari Acharya of the ruling Nepali Congress is seeking to enact punitive laws to recriminalize gay sex, Sunil Pant, the country's first openly gay politician and former member of parliament, told Gay Star News in an email.

March 17, 2014

Witness the glory of the world’s tallest mountain joined by fellow gay and lesbian travelers. Unbound Expeditions will take you on a three-week journey you will never forget

You won’t be the first, and you won’t be the last, but now you can join history by being one of the known LGBTI people to visit Mt Everest.

Unbound Expeditions, an LGBT adventure group specializing in once-in-a-lifetime trips like to the Galapagos islands, will be leading a three-week expedition to the Mt Everest base camp in May 2015.

March 12, 2014

A 35-year-old from Nepal hopes to be the first known trans person to reach the peak, aiming to prove LGBTI people can conquer any challenge

A woman is hoping to make history by becoming the first known trans person to climb Mount Everest.

Manoj Shahi Monika, a 35-year-old from Nepal who describes herself as third gender, has lived in the shadows of the mountain’s dizzy heights for her whole life.

But now she is determined to conquer the world’s tallest peak to give a message to the world that LGBTI people can take on any challenge.

March 7, 2014

Uganda's Frank Mugisha, Russia's Igor Kotchetkov and Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant is in the running for the million-dollar prize

President Vladimir Putin will have to face off competition from gay rights activists to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, Russia advocate Igor Kotchetkov, Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant are among the record 278 nominees for the million dollar prize.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is also among the nominees.

Despite Russia’s actions in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Putin was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

October 2, 2013

62 LGBT people, legally recognized as a third gender in Nepal, are seeking political office in November elections which may determine whether the country becomes the first in Asia to allow same-sex couples to marry

62 LGBT Nepalese people will seek to win political office during 19 November national elections – with many accepted as candidates for major parties.

Of the 62 LGBT people standing for office, 21 are gay, 28 lesbian, 12 transgender and one is bisexual, and they are running in 31 of Nepal’s 75 electoral districts.

This marks the first time ever that LGBT people have been able to register as candidates as ‘third gender’ persons – the legal recognition given to LGBT people in Nepal.

October 2, 2013

62 LGBT people, legally recognized as a third gender in Nepal, are seeking political office in November elections which may determine whether the country becomes the first in Asia to allow same-sex couples to marry

62 LGBT Nepalese people will seek to win political office during 19 November national elections – with many accepted as candidates for major parties.

Of the 62 LGBT people standing for office, 21 are gay, 28 lesbian, 12 transgender and one is bisexual, and they are running in 31 of Nepal’s 75 electoral districts.

This marks the first time ever that LGBT people have been able to register as candidates as ‘third gender’ persons – the legal recognition given to LGBT people in Nepal.

September 14, 2013

Nepal’s pioneering gay rights group opens Pink Himalayan Center in Kathmandu to shelter victims and people with HIV/AIDS

‘This center is open to everyone, to all persecuted LGBTs,’ says a proud Sunil Pant, announcing the formal inauguration of the Pink Himalayan Center in Nepalese capital Kathmandu, the first sanctuary in South Asia for persecuted members of the community.