As a community based organization, the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) exists to improve the sexual health, human rights and well-being of sexual/gender minorities in Nepal. BDS is the first Nepalese organization working with and for sexual/gender minorities on social justice, human rights, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. BDS seeks to encourage and support networks for sexual/gender minorities all over Nepal. To this end BDS has already established networks in more than 30 municipalities/districts in Nepal.
In the last 8 years, despite enormous challenges, BDS has achieved a great deal in terms of improving the lives of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal, including:
- Mobilized communities throughout Nepal and delivered services for our target group, through 31 prevention intervention centers, 5 regional care & support centers and 5 regional human rights posts.
- More than 90,000 Transgender, Gay Men, Lesbians and Bisexual People (LGBT) as well as other man having sex with man (MSM) have benefited from outreach work and access to our HIV prevention services.
- More than 700 MSM/LGBT living with HIV accessed our care, support and treatment services.
- More than 5,000 MSM/LGBT received legal and social support.
- Successfully conducted training on Human Rights, HIV prevention, care, support and treatment, empowerment of LGBT, advocacy for legal and policy change, and skill building programs for marginalized LGBT so that they can make a living.
- Formed the Federation of Sexual and Gender Minorities, Nepal with 9 founding member organizations.
- Landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Nepal ordering the Government of Nepal to protect and defend the equal rights of LGBT in Nepal as natural persons and eliminate discriminatory laws.
- Many political parties have included the LGBT community issues within their manifestos and they are to be included under the constitution.
- More than 50% of the Constituent Assembly members have been sensitized to the issues of the LGBT community.
- The government has allocated a budget for an LGBT community center and a site has been purchased by BDS.
- BDS Care & Support with support from the Danish Embassy has purchased a CD4 Count machine