A gay rights group in Nepal, Blue Diamond Society, has organized the first South Asia Gay Sport tournament in Kathmandu. With more than 300 gay, bisexual and transgender athletes from 30 different countries participated in the sports tournament. The sports event started on October 12 and concluded on October 14, 2012 with various sports events including kabaddi, volleyball, basketball, badminton, and Karate.
In addition to sports event, Miss Pink Nepal beauty contest was also held in the capital. In the contest with 14 participants, Purnim
a won the Miss Pink Nepal 2012 crown and a cash prize of Rs. 15,000. Purnima will represent Nepal in the Miss Pink 2013 beauty contest to be held in Thailand. The president of Blue Diamond Society, Sunil Babu Pant crowned the winner of the beauty contest. (credit –badmasi)
An American lesbian couple, a lawyer and a college professor, married in Dakshinkali temple, south of Katmandu, on June 20, 2011. Present in the ceremony were the local gay rights activists of Blue Diamond Society. A gay rights activist and Parliament member, Sunil Babu Pant, was also present in the ceremony.
The lesbian couple dressed in traditional Nepali dress share a banana as a symbol of mutual union. (One was wearing the male attire and another the female).
It is is probably the first public same-sex ma
rriage, in accordance with the Hindu tradition, done in in Nepal.
Sunil Babu Pant should be hailed to be courageous enough to announce that he is a gay and win election in a relatively conservative Nepali society. Now, he is representing the minority community in the Constituently Assembly (CA). Pant, 36, a computer engineer by training, won CA election from Gorkha district. He is one of the five CA members representing CPN(U), a small communist party.
Apart from being a CA member he is in LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender) rights group in Blue Diamond Society, a society representing gay/bisexual people in Nepal.
If Pant is to be believed, he is not the only gay member in the parliament. He claims to know at least five more gay/lesbian members, personally.