Sunil Babu Pant

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Constituent Assembly member, Sunil Babu Pant, is also the founder and President of the Blue Diamond Society, an NGO which is working on human rights and sexual health issues of the gay, lesbian and trans gender population in Nepal. Founded in 2001, the Blue Diamond Society has grown to over 300,000 members across Nepal and has been directly involved in HIV/AIDS intervention, sensitivity training of the local media and police on gay, lesbian and trans gender issues as well as supporting individuals in their daily struggles as a sexual minority in Nepal.

Until 2007, Nepal did not have laws on homosexuality. However, any sexual act considered 'unnatural' by the Nepal's Criminal Code was penalized with up to a year of imprisonment or monetary fine. In a landmark decision in December 2007 the Supreme Court ordered the government to scrap any discriminatory laws against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and inter-sex community. Provisions were to be made to recognize them in government documents and third gender status was to be granted in citizenship certificates.As the news of this decision spread, more closet homosexual and trans gender people started coming out all over Nepal. Support groups started in Chitwan, Birganj, Itahari, Nepalganj and Kathmandu. But since the Supreme Court 2007 decision, only one person has so far been issued a citizenship certificate that recognizes third gender status. With his documentary presentation, Mr. Pant will update us on the struggles and successes of the Blue Diamond Society and the social inclusion challenges facing sexual minorities in contemporary Nepal.

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