What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Nepal?
I caught up with social worker and activist Aanik Rana to talk about life in Nepal.
What makes Nepal a great place to live?
Smiles, mountains, diversity of cultures and ethnicity, spirituality, and acceptance of LGBTQ people.
What are some of the down-sides of living in Nepal?
For people who are coming from the developed world, the lack of infrastructure, poor roads, and inadequate water supply can be intimidating.
Is Nepal a good place for LGBTQ people to visit?
Yes and no. Yes because LGBTQ people are largely accepted, and the new constitution guarantees equal rights and protection - we can be open,
vocal and organised. No, because constitutional rights are not yet translated into the laws - LGBTQ people can face soft discrimination. In Nepal, LGBTQ people are accepted, but may not always get the respect and rights that a human being deserves.
If someone was visiting Nepal, what hints or tips would you give
There are a lot of Tantric temples and festivals that celebrates gender and sexuality diversities.
Go trekking, spend time with the villagers, help those communities who are still suffering from the devastating earthquake of 2015.
What are some of the things that you’re currently getting excited about?
I want to be an established role model and politician for the third-gender communities in Nepal, and change all the discriminatory laws against
What are some of the things that are currently making you angry?
The government has been failing to change the discriminatory laws against LGBTQ people, despite the Supreme Court’s directive order in
2007, and the 2015 constitution guaranteeing equality and protection.
What are some of your priorities for the months ahead?
Continue lobbying policy makers to change and make better laws for LGBTQ people.