Hundreds march in Nepal in support of gay rights
POKHARA, Nepal (AP) - Gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters marched in a Nepalese town on Friday to demand recognition as a third gender in citizen certificates, to allow same-sex marriage and to criminalise discrimination based on sexual preference.
Dressed in colourful clothes, laden with beads and other jewellery, they danced to Bollywood music played over loudspeakers as they marched for about 3km though the centre of Pokhara, a resort town 200km west of the capital, Katmandu.
Mr Sunil Babu Pant of the Blue Diamond Society, a group that supports sexual minorities in Nepal, said the rally was an opportunity for people to come out.
"The rally gives us an opportunity to seek the support of the public and be more visible in the society," Mr Pant said. "There are more and more people coming out in the open, and this rally gives them a chance."