Nepal | June 05, 2020

LGBTI people face discrimination

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, December 18

The constitution has guaranteed the right to citizenship, right to equality and right to social justice for all citizens, but  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people have not been able to enjoy these rights.

Bhumika Shrestha, a transgender, whose name in birth certificate is Kailash Shrestha, underwent a  surgery to look like a female. “Due to my feminine nature, my school and parents abandoned me when I was studying in Grade IX,” shared Bhumika.

“I wanted my citizenship in the name of Bhumika, but ward chief rejected my application saying  my name did not match with the name in the birth certificate,” Bhumika said, adding that later she had to take citizenship certificate as per the name in the birth certificate. “Though I received citizenship certificate, I am not happy because my citizenship does not reveal my true identity,” shared Bhumika.

Bhumika is just an example. According to Blue Diamond Society, there are around 900,000  LGBTI people in the country, who are facing legal and social difficulties just because of their gender identities.

During a programme organised here today by Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities, Pinky Gurung, a transgender and president of Blue Diamond Society, shared that LGBTI people in the country did not get access to education, health and employment opportunities.

“We have made significant legal and political gains, but we are unable to enjoy the rights guaranteed by the constitution mainly because of society’s negative attitude towards us,” she said.

Most of the people, even the local governments are unaware of LGBTI issues. Due to the fear of being ostracised, many LGBTI people do not reveal their identity and talk openly about their sexual orientation. “LGBTI people are not even accepted by their own family members,” she said.

Meanwhile,  Deputy Mayor of Kirtipur Municipality Saraswoti Khadka shared that the municipality had allocated Rs 200,000 for ‘Third Gender Uplift Programme’ in the current fiscal, but it could not be used as the municipality did not have any record of LGBTI people.

A version of this article appears in print on December 19, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Mahakali Hospital isolation ward filled with COVID-19 patients

KANCHANPUR: At least fifteen COVID-19 patients have been admitted to the isolation ward of Mahakali Hospital in Bhimdattanagar Municipality, Kanchanpur district. The isolation ward has a capacity of 20 beds. The hospital has started treatment of COVID-19 since Tuesday. Seven persons — reside Read More...

Kathmandu Medical College sealed

KATHMANDU, JUNE 3 Kathmandu Medical College Teaching Hospital in Sinamangal has been shut for an indefinite period after two of its health workers contracted COVID-19. The hospital’s Medical Director Dr Mukunda Raj Joshi issuing a notice today, informed that the hospital would be closed for Read More...

Prohibitory order imposed in Gulmi, Jumla to contain coronavirus spread

BHAIRAHAWA/SURKHET, JUNE 3 District administrations of Gulmi and Jumla today imposed prohibitory order to contain the spread of coronavirus in these districts. The order will be effective in Gulmi till June 14 and till June 5 in Jumla. Gulmi CDO Bharat Kumar Sharma said the prohibitory orde Read More...

China, coronavirus

Conquering COVID-19 strategic plan released

KATHMANDU, JUNE 3 A new publication ‘Conquering COV- ID-19’ Strategy for Making Nepal Stronger and Resilient – Strategy Exploration Summary has been released here, which states the country is in a unique position to conquer the pandemic and bring more prosperity and well-being to its citize Read More...

Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

WASHINGTON: Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November election. In doing so, Obama is signaling a willingness to sh Read More...

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, high-quality study to test it in people in close contact with someone with the disease. Results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine show that hydroxychlor Read More...

ANFA prez Sherpa apologies for comments on Terai people

KATHMANDU, JUNE 3 The All Nepal Football Association President Karma Tsering Sherpa today apologised for hurting the sentiments of people from Terai region by undermining the sense of nationality in an interview with an online portal. Sherpa came under pressure after a couple of officials Read More...

Hong Kong legislature starts voting on China national anthem bill

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's Legislative Council started voting on a controversial bill on Thursday that would make disrespecting China's national anthem a criminal offence, amid heightened fears over Beijing's tightening grip on the city. The voting came just as people in Hong Kong were set to c Read More...