The rainbow flag has flown for the first time in Nepal to mark this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).
The flag was at the United Nations House in Nepal at an event attended by LGBTI people, rainbow families, dignitaries and government officials.
Blue Diamond Society is a local LGBTI organization and its president, Pinky Gurung, gave a powerful speech.
‘Today is about families and we are celebrating,’ she said.
‘The struggle of sexual and gender minorities first starts within us and our families. Because for many of us support from our family, in terms of emotional, economical and physical help, the life of us, sexual and gender minorities, is often hard and difficult.
‘There have been many instances where people from this community have even taken the extreme decision of committing suicide, due to the lack of education, health and employment opportunities. These are not just imaginary examples; this is our harsh reality.
‘We get motivated and feel confident to fight against social prejudice and exclusion only when our family helps us, supports us and accepts us.
‘We feel very lucky that experts, dignitaries and renowned people are here with us, people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities, and I would like to thank you all for being with us and standing for equality.
‘We feel pride that with the support from you all Nepal is becoming one of the most LGBTIQ-friendly nations in this entire world. And I truly believe that Nepal would be an LBGTIQ paradise for everyone, soon.’
Mohna Ansari is a commissioner at the National Human Rights Commission gave a speech at the event, urging people to use their privilege for good.
‘If you have rights, you have responsibilities, and our responsibility today, and every day, is to educate those who don’t know; – educate those who are ignorant and mis-informed, and give proof to those who are prejudiced, that all people, regardless of religion, cast, gender or sexual orientation, once respected and valued, can and will accomplish their full potential,’ she said.