Kathmandu celebrates Pride
Kathmandu’s LGBTI community came out in force for the annual pride celebrations on Thursday. A group of approximately 1000 revellers came together in an explosion of colour to celebrate gay pride.
This year marks the fourth annual Pride parade, it’s only since the fall of the monarchy in 2008 and the election of a constituent assembly that gay rights activists have had a voice in the country.
According to local activists the Pride parade gives the LGBTI community the opportunity to call for rights specifically for the fledgling nation’s new constitution to issue citizenship certificates with the category ‘third gender’ for people who don’t wish to be identified as male or female.
Nepal is hoping to attract up to 200,000 LGBTI visitors in the next year with a push from the government’s tourism agency to attract new tourists in full swing.