Tuesday, 27 March 2012 16:32

Nepal Will Organize LGBT Olympics

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Nepal will organize LGBT Olympics, the Blue Diamond National Sport Competition, at the end of September or at the beginning of October, a year after having to host the first lesbian marriage in South Asia and to gave the possibility to people of being identified under a "third gender", neither male nor female.

The Blue Diamond National Sport Competition is a sort of Asian Gay Games. According to India Real Time, this competition will feature volleyball, football, long jump, martial arts, tennis and yoga, among other sports.

In an interview with the newspaper, Sunil Babu Pant, a gay-rights activist and a member of the temporary Parliament, said: "People respect and take seriously those who play sport. It’s about healthy lifestyle," adding that events like these help "send messages across that LGBTIs can do anything" and should be involved in things "like sport, festivals, politics."

He also hopes the sporting competition will become an annual affair and that it will go international.

The government of Nepal since the de-penalization of the homosexuality in 2007, supports more and more LGBT rights and will provide 1.6 million Nepali rupees ($20,000) for the project.

"The draft of the new Constitution already includes good provisions for LGBTI rights (third gender, marriage as an union between two persons and discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation)," Mr. Pant told Indian Real Time.