Hundreds rally in Nepal for gay rights

The gay community has been holding demonstrations on the festival day in the capital.

Updated: Aug 14, 2011, 16:28 PM IST

Narayanghat: Hundreds of gay, lesbian, transgender people are marching with supporters in a southern Nepal town to demand equal rights under a new constitution the country is in the process of writing.

The estimated 500 demonstrators danced, chanted slogans and marched around Narayanghat, a town about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the capital of Katmandu on Sunday, which is also Nepal`s traditional festival of Gaijatra.

The gay community has been holding demonstrations on the festival day in the capital, but it was the first time that activists have organized a rally outside the capital.
Gay rights activists and parliament member Sunil Pant said their main aim was to spread their campaign outside the capital city.

Bureau Report