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Hundreds March to Support Gay Rights in Nepal

Over two thousand Nepalese LGBTs and their supporters took to Nepal?s Pokhara on Friday to demand recognition and marriage equality.

The Associated Press reports:

Gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters marched in a Nepalese town Friday to demand recognition as a third gender in citizen certificates, to allow same-sex marriage and to criminalize discrimination based on sexual preference.

Dressed in colorful clothes, laden with beads and other jewelry, they danced to Bollywood music played over loudspeakers as they marched for about 3 kilometres (2 miles) though the centre of Pokhara, a resort town 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu.

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,” Pant said. “There are more and more people coming out in the open, and this rally gives them a chance.”

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