Nepal’s sex­ual mi­nori­ties pa­rade to de­mand rights

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Hun­dreds of les­bians, gays, bi­sex­u­als and trans­ves­tites pa­raded through Nepal’s cap­i­tal Sun­day to de­mand that rights for sex­ual mi­nori­ties be in­cluded in the coun­try’s new con­sti­tu­tion that is be­ing fi­nal­ized.

The col­or­ful rally in down­town Kathmandu — an an­nual af­fair — drew about 500 par­tic­i­pants.

“Our main de­mand is that the rights of the sex­ual mi­nori­ties should be guar­an­teed in the new con­sti­tu­tion,” said Pinky Gu­rung of the Blue Diamond So­ci­ety, a gay rights group in Nepal.

They are also de­mand­ing same-sex mar­riage be guar­an­teed in the new con­sti­tu­tion, per­mit­ting gay and les­bian cou­ples the right to adopt, buy joint prop­erty, open joint bank ac­counts and in­herit from one another.

Nepal this year is­sued pass­ports un­der the cat­e­gory “oth­ers” for those who do not want to be iden­ti­fied as male or fe­male.

These peo­ple who iden­tify them­selves as “third gen­der” have also been is­sued citi- zen­ship cer­tifi­cates by the Nepalese gov­ern­ment. But the com­mu­nity is say­ing only a few have been is­sued and it is still dif­fi­cult to get them from gov­ern­ment of­fices.

The pa­rade has been held an­nu­ally for the past few years on Gai­ja­tra, a Hindu fes­ti­val to re­mem­ber the dead.

The much-de­layed con­sti­tu­tion draft is be­ing fi­nal­ized by mem­bers of the Con­stituent Assem­bly, but po­lit­i­cal par­ties are still un­able to agree on the num­ber and bor­der of the pro­posed fed­eral states.

AFP

Par­tic­i­pants take part in Nepal’s Gay Pride pa­rade in Kathmandu, Nepal on Satur­day, Aug. 30.

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