Nepal to host gay pride march on Aug 25
Kathmandu, Jul 27: Nepal is likely to host its first gay pride parade on Aug, 25, in which nearly 3,000 gays, lesbians, transvestites and transsexuals from Nepal and neighbouring countries will march through the streets of the Kathmandu.
According to the sources, the parade would feature live music and include elephants and horses dressed in bright colours, and would culminate with a candle-lit memorial service for victims of HIV and violence.
"We want to make this a truly international event," said Pant, a well-known gay rights campaigner. "Nepal has made so much progress on gay issues in the last few years, and we hope to spread hope and inspire others."
Two years ago, the country's Supreme Court ordered the government to enact laws to guarantee the rights of gays and lesbians after the Blue Diamond Society, a pressure group run by Pant, filed a petition.