Kathmandu, Nepal — Nepal is all set to welcome gays, lesbians, transvestites and transsexuals across the world on August 25, 2010, coinciding a festival called Gaijatra ( feastival of cow), the traditional festival which commemorates with ridiculing and be fooling the important people of the society.Sunil Panta, a vocal lawmaker of South Asia who is also the chair of Blue Diamond Society Nepal (BDS), an organisation fighting for the rights of transgender in the country, is holding a gay pride parade on August 25, 2010.Floods of jokes, satire, mockery and lampoon in the Gai Jatra can be experienced across the country during the Gaijatra.Nearly everyone takes part in age-old tradition in which the participants dress up and wear masks. The occasion is filled with songs and jokes. Panta said that organisation is expecting participation of around 1,800 gays, lesbians, transvestites and transsexuals in the parade on the streets of Kathmandu on the day of Gaijatra. “The occasion of Gaijatra has been chosen as it is the centuries-old Hindu festival when Nepali men dress up in women’s attire,” said Panta, adding, “We will make the event international this time.” Pant also said the parade would feature live music and a candle-lit memorial service for HIV victims. Two years ago, the Supreme Court had ordered the government to endorse laws to ensure the rights of gays and lesbians after the BDS filed a case. “Nepal has made much progress on gay issues in the last few years, and we hope to spread hope and inspire others,” said Pradip Khadka, a member of BDS.The organisation is hopeful of receiving different political leaders and national and international celebrities in the pride march. “We have received positive response from some Bollywood actors too,” said Khadka.
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Anil Giri serves as Kathmandu Correspondent for The Seoul Times.As a journalist he has worked for such news media as Annapurna Post, BBC, and Himalayan Times for years. He finished his both undergrad Economics degree and his MA degree in English Literature at Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu. He also holds a diploma in Development Journalism from prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication-IIMC, New Delhi, India.
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