Statement by the Sunil Babu Pant and Blue Diamond Society on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Blue Diamond Society and I join our fellow Nepalese LGBTI in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow, May 17.  We take this opportunity to thank all our international brothers and sister, international agency (particularly Federation for Integrative Aids Response, ILGHRC, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and Save the Children) for their prompt relief support to Nepalese LGBTIs. We are equally grateful to some local police and local medical teams for their help rescue and treatment for those LGBTIs who were injured during the earthquake. We lost our dear staff and members, many may know that loss  someone close to you hurts like hell, and it’s something that each and every one of us will experience at some point in our lives, but what Nepal going through is beyond imagination. But we commit that along with all the Nepalese, we, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of Nepal will rebuild our lives, our families, our societies and our nation.

We will rise again, as a nation, stronger than before and will continue to build our brighter future where we all feel safer, righteous, healthier and prosperous with equity, dignity and full of opportunities.

There is much more to do   But we will keep working hard  for however long it takes until we are all able to live safe and free, and equal in dignity and rights.

Parsuram Rai (Deputy Director), Manisha Dhakal (Executive Director), Pinky Gurung (President) and Sunil Babu Pant (Founder)

Blue Diamond Society