Nepal to Issue Passports With Third Gender

Author: , January 8th, 2015

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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.

Nepal joins a handful of countries that recognize a third gender on official documents, including India. Australian and New Zealand nationals can choose from three genders on passports – male, female or indeterminate, marked by an ‘x.’

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More on Nepal’s Upcoming Gay Games

Author: , April 1st, 2012

This September, Nepal is set to host the country’s first – and indeed Asia’s first – national games for LGBT persons. Covering a two-week period, the games will showcase LGBT sportspersons competing in games and sports including volleyball, football, athletics, martial arts, tennis and more.

The games are being organised by the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s LGBT rights group. Sunil Babu Pant, head of the group and organiser of the games, said: “There will be five teams from each region of the country. And we expect over 200 people to take part.”

Mr Pant, who is Nepal’s first openly gay lawmaker, founded BDS in 2001 to protect the rights of LGBT persons in a country where sexual minorities are regularly discriminated against.

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Nepal to Host First Annual Gay Sporting Competition

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

“Welcome to South Asia’s Most LGBT-Friendly Country” – this may well become the new motto for Nepal, which is set to host the region’s first sports competition for the lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender community.

The event’s announcement comes less than a year after Nepal hosted South Asia’s first lesbian wedding, which took place shortly after the country recognized a “third gender” in its census data.

The event, “Blue Diamond National Sport Competition” will feature volleyball, football, long jump, martial arts, tennis and yoga, among other sports. It is set to start in late September or early October, organizers announced earlier this week.

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Nepal Becoming Increasingly Friendly to Gays

Author: , November 14th, 2011

Nepal gay TravelIn the quiet courtyard of Dechenling Garden, a Bhutanese restaurant on the fringes of the capital’s bustling backpacker ghetto, Nepal’s first openly gay member of parliament sips on a lime soda during a short break in his busy political schedule.

His name is Sunil Babu Pant. A young, maverick politician with dark, wavy hair and a close-trimmed goatee, Pant has already emerged as a leader reminiscent of Harvey Milk in his San Francisco heyday, pushing tiny, conservative Nepal into the forefront of the battle for gay rights.

“Nepal is going through tremendous transformation — politically, socially, economically, legally — so a lot of communities who had no space or voice before have emerged,” Pant told GlobalPost.

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Nepal to Bid for Asia Pacific OutGames

Author: , April 4th, 2011

Gay NepalThe South Asian nation of Nepal plans to bid for the next Asia Pacific OutGames. Nepal’s first openly gay MP, Sunil Pant, said Kathmandu will be the host city if the bid’s successful.

He told GayNZ.com during the 2nd Asia Pacific OutGames in New Zealand’s Wellington that he will push for the country to put in a serious bid for the games.

“We have the facilities and we have the will,” he said.

Full Story from The Pink Paper

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Nepal Tourism Draws Gay Buddhists

Author: , January 10th, 2011

When Nepal’s first openly gay MP, Sunil Babu Pant, launched the country’s first travel agency for homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders, the travel package to hit the headlines was a sensational one offering a spectacular wedding, complete with bridal finery and dancing troupes in the lap of Mt. Everest.

However, the first group bookings of Pink Mountain Travels and Tours that have come in are not from bridal pairs or honeymooning couples but surprisingly from gay Buddhists who want to follow in the Buddha’s footsteps and meditate in his birthplace.

“We already have three groups from Britain, France and the Netherlands, and there are queries from the US,” said Pant, the founder of the gay rights movement in what was a rigid Nepali society in the last decade.

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Nepal Plans to Attract 200K Gay/Lesbian Tourists in 2011

Author: , January 6th, 2011

Gay Travel NepalNepal plans to attract around 200,000 sexual minorities including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexes (LGBTI) during the Nepal Tourism Year 2011 (NTY-2011).  The Blue Diamond Society (BDS), an organization representing sexual minorities in the country, has said that it aims to bring 200,000 i.e. 20 percent such tourists of the total one million tourists in the NTY-2011. Nepal aims to host one million tourists this year.

Already gay tourists are responding favorably to the holiday and travel packages offered by Pink Mountain, a travel and tour agency run by sexual minorities and catering exclusively to LGBTI.

Pink Mountain offers wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages to domestic as well as international LGBTI tourists, according to lawmaker and Chairman of Pink Mountain Sunil Babu Panta. “The agency has also confirmed two more same-sex marriages, trekking and many more adventures in the first month of its launch,” said Panta.

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Nepal’s First Gay Travel Company Launched

Author: , November 5th, 2010

Gay Nepal ToursSunil Pant is a former computer scientist turned gay activist turned Parliament Member in Nepal, and his latest venture is the launch of Pink Mountain Travels and Tours, Nepal’s first LGBT travel company. It launches Friday (today), on Diwali, South Asia’s most important religious and cultural holiday.

Pink Mountain plans to organize gay wedding ceremonies, honeymoons, and anniversaries for gay travelers, particularly adventure seekers and those seeking out Nepal’s vast natural and spiritual attractions.

“I am extremely proud and happy to launch, finally, the Pink mountain travel and tour packages today, a very auspicious day according to Hindu tradition as we worship the goddess of wealth, Laxmi, today,” Pant tells Fast Company.

Full Story from Fast Company

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Nepal Plans First Gay Pride, in August

Author: , August 1st, 2010

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Nepal is to hold its first gay pride parade, the country’s only out MP said this week. Sunil Pant said that the parade would be incorporated into a traditional Nepalese festival to be held in the country’s capital, Kathmandu, in August.

The Gaijatra is a centuries-old Hindu festival (the country is over eighty percent Hindu) in which men traditionally don women’s attire. Gaijatra is one of the countries most popular holidays, and the pride parade will be incorporated into these existing celebrations.

The festival is likely to attract nearly 3,000 LGBT people from Nepal and neighbouring countries. The parade will feature live music, elephants dressed in bright colours and will close with a candle-lit memorial service for victims of HIV and violence.

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Asia’s Top Gay Friendly Travel Spots

Author: , May 17th, 2010

It’s International Day Against Homophobia today, and while some parts of Asia are a little bit backward when it comes to tolerating, let along embracing, alternative lifestyles, there are a few cities that are leading the pack with gusto. Here’s a quick rundown on the continent’s top spots that are happy to be gay.

Nepal’s first gay public marriage took place in 2006. To say that Nepal is a major gay travel spot right now may be stretching the point, considering its not-so-illustrious past. Homosexuality was a crime in Nepal up till 2007, with gays being harassed routinely by law enforcement, and Maoists condemning them as a “product of capitalism.”

But change is in the air. Nepal is now being touted as the next big gay travel destination in Asia, with the tourism board toying with the idea of promoting same-sex weddings on Everest and elephant safaris for gays (we’ll spare you the ‘Brokeback’ jokes for now). The country will host the first Asian Symposium on Gay and Lesbian Tourism in June, and is making great strides in the recognition of gay rights thanks to a flamboyant gay activist and a member of parliament called Sunil Pant.

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