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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

August 25, 2013

Rife corruption in interim government sees WHO funds misused to turn Bangkok meet into junket for officials

Nepal’s interim government ignored the country’s growingly visible LGBT community and instead sent three officials to a crucial meet on HIV in Bangkok in a rampant misuse of World Health Organization (WHO) funds, the LGBT community says.

The three-day regional meeting in Bangkok from 21 August was to be an interaction of experts on men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders, people working with the community, and MSMs and transgenders living with HIV.

August 3, 2013

Sunil Babu Pant, founder of the gay rights movement in the former Himalayan kingdom, relinquishes leadership of the organization he established 12 years ago after ‘protracted persecution’

Twelve years after he started the gay rights movement in the conservative Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, Sunil Babu Pant, the nation’s only openly gay member of parliament, relinquished charge of the non-profit Blue Diamond Society he had founded under the guise of spreading public awareness about HIV and AIDS.

August 3, 2013

Sunil Babu Pant, founder of the gay rights movement in the former Himalayan kingdom, relinquishes leadership of the organization he established 12 years ago after ‘protracted persecution’

Twelve years after he started the gay rights movement in the conservative Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, Sunil Babu Pant, the nation’s only openly gay member of parliament, relinquished charge of the non-profit Blue Diamond Society he had founded under the guise of spreading public awareness about HIV and AIDS.

July 21, 2013

Third-gender activist’s song about the sorrows of marginalization to hit the market ahead of traditional women’s festival

After winning a Supreme Court judgment that allows same-sex marriage and asks the government to make laws to protect their rights, the burgeoning LGBT community in Nepal has another cause to celebrate – getting their own “national anthem”.

June 12, 2013

Work towards LGBTI equality continues in Nepal after a bureaucratic stalemate prompted by 'false and malicious charges'

Authorities in Nepal have finally renewed the charity license for the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) ending a suspension of important LGBT human rights work in the Himalayan nation.

April 4, 2013

Moral running low at Nepal's biggest LGBTI rights organization, Blue Diamond Society, where staff haven't been paid for seven months

Nepal's biggest LGBT rights organization, Blue Diamond Society (BDS), is battling against low morale after wages have not been paid for seven months.

Founded in 2001, BDS successfully lobbied the government for recognition of a third gender and recently got LGBTI issues on the school curriculum.

It has achieved significant gains for LGBTI rights in the country but now their work is being thwarted by a government office.

March 25, 2013

Strategies devised for improving LGBT rights in Asia at UN seminar in Kathmandu, Nepali gay rights activist criticizes government for not renewing group's license

LGBT rights activists from across Asia gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal last week for a UN seminar to discuss strategies in the region.

'I laud the courage you have shown despite the circumstances you live and work in, said Nepal's Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Riddhi Baba Pradham, AFP reports.

'This conference in Kathmandu proves that the common assertion that LGBT rights are incompatible with Asian values is false.'

March 18, 2013

Nepal's government is hosting a UN seminar on LGBTI human rights this week, but has decided not to renew license of the country's only gay rights group

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.

March 18, 2013

Nepal's government is hosting a UN seminar on LGBTI human rights this week, but has decided not to renew license of the country's only gay rights group

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.

February 1, 2013

LGBTI rights activist said hosting the seminar is latest in string of achievements in fight for equality for sexual orientation and gender identity minorities in Nepal

Nepal has received funding from the Norwegian government to host a UN regional seminar into sexual orientation and gender identity human rights.

'It speaks volumes to the success of the LGBTI rights movement in Nepal that the United Nations has identified is as the host country,' said Sunil Pant, chair of Nepal LGBT activists Blue Diamond Society and a former MP.

Pant added that the fact that Nepal's foreign ministry accepted the offer to host the event shows that they value the human rights of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.

October 15, 2012

Hundreds of LGBTI athletes compete in Kathmandu at the first sports festival of its kind in Nepal

More that 250 athletes competed in the first LGBTI sports festival in Nepal this weekend.

Former Olympic diver Greg Louganis played in the games’ opening football match wearing a Nepali cap and the festival continued for three days of athletics and team games.

Kathmandu-local Roshan Mahato won gold in the 100m sprint at a time of 13.14 seconds.

September 28, 2012

Belated letter from the UN congratulates the government of Nepal for allowing citizens to describe their gender as ‘other’ on official documents

A Nepalese LGBT rights activist has received congratulations from the UN about his efforts towards third gender recognition in the Himalayan nation.

In May the Nepalese government agreed to recognize a third gender on ID cards, after a campaign by Sunil Babu Pant.

The late congratulations letter from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at the UN reads:

September 28, 2012

Belated letter from the UN congratulates the government of Nepal for allowing citizens to describe their gender as ‘other’ on official documents

A Nepalese LGBT rights activist has received congratulations from the UN about his efforts towards third gender recognition in the Himalayan nation.

In May the Nepalese government agreed to recognize a third gender on ID cards, after a campaign by Sunil Babu Pant.

The late congratulations letter from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) at the UN reads:

September 7, 2012

Openly gay athlete who won two Olympic gold medals will be guest of honor at Nepal's global LGBT sports tournament

Gay Olympian Greg Louganis will be guest of honor at South East Asia's first ever gay sports tournament.

The US athlete, who won two gold medals in diving in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, will attend the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender games held at the national stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 12 October to 14 October.

The 52-year-old who spoke publicly for the first time about being HIV positive earlier this month will join other gay athletes and artists, as well as international LGBT activists including Peter Tatchell.

September 7, 2012

Openly gay athlete who won two Olympic gold medals will be guest of honor at Nepal's global LGBT sports tournament

Gay Olympian Greg Louganis will be guest of honor at South East Asia's first ever gay sports tournament.

The US athlete, who won two gold medals in diving in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, will attend the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender games held at the national stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 12 October to 14 October.

The 52-year-old who spoke publicly for the first time about being HIV positive earlier this month will join other gay athletes and artists, as well as international LGBT activists including Peter Tatchell.

August 16, 2012

Sagarmatha TV slammed for 'malicious' journalism after accusing Blue Diamond Society of corruption and fraud

A gay rights group in Nepal has blasted a TV channel for a 'despicable' news report which accused the LGBT campaigners of fraud and corruption.

Sagarmatha TV’s Khoj Khabar program, which bills itself as 'investigative journalism', claimed the Blue Diamond Society's leadership had been pocketing money meant to be used for activism and community work.

The 30-minute bulletin also accused the group, which spearheaded a successful campaign to have third gender people recognized as 'other' on citizenship identification cards, of neglecting Nepal's LGBT population.

August 16, 2012

Sagarmatha TV slammed for 'malicious' journalism after accusing Blue Diamond Society of corruption and fraud

A gay rights group in Nepal has blasted a TV channel for a 'despicable' news report which accused the LGBT campaigners of fraud and corruption.

Sagarmatha TV’s Khoj Khabar program, which bills itself as 'investigative journalism', claimed the Blue Diamond Society's leadership had been pocketing money meant to be used for activism and community work.

The 30-minute bulletin also accused the group, which spearheaded a successful campaign to have third gender people recognized as 'other' on citizenship identification cards, of neglecting Nepal's LGBT population.