Thursday Jun 30, 2022
Thursday Jun 30, 2022

Mitini Nepal: Fight against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Mitini Nepal had a grand event honoring sexual and gender diversity


Nepalnews
2022 May 17, 17:33,
The International Day against Transphobia, Homophobia, and Biphobia was held in Sliver Oak Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews

On May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization decided to declassify homosexuality as a disease. Since then, this day has been observed as International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), an international celebration of sexual and gender diversity.

Due to the COVID-19, the group had not been able to mark the day with gusto for the last three years. But this year, to celebrate the day, Mitini Nepal held a grand event today at Silver Oak in honor of IDAHOTB 2022. It featured seven different stories of LGBTQ people, including community celebrities, with the theme 'Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights.'


Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews

With the presence of participants from seven provinces, embassies, ministries, women commissions, inclusive commissions, information commissions, chairpersons, UN agencies, INGOs/NGOs, and the media, the event was commenced by the speech of a special guest of the event, Vice President, Nanda Kishor Pun.

Mitini Nepal, a women-led non-governmental organization (NGO), was founded in 2006 to fight for the rights and dignity of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) people. They not only envision a better world but also believe that everyone has the right to reach their full potential and live dignified lives. Laxmi Ghalan, the organization's founder says, “No one should be judged based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Everyone should get equal opportunity.”


Laxmi Ghalan, the organization's founder. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Laxmi Ghalan, the organization's founder. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews

According to Ghalan, LGBTQ+ people report an increased risk of domestic and family violence, as well as increased social isolation and anxiety, as well as difficulty accessing critical sexual and reproductive health and rights. "We all have the right to make our own decisions about our health, bodies, sexuality, and lives without fear, coercion, violence, or discrimination," adds further.

The event was followed by a brief QnA by Nilam Paudel, Human Resource Officer of Mitini Nepal. The person who gave the right answer was provided a gift. For recreation, there was a dance performance by different participants, some read poems and one of them sang a song for the audience. At the end, tokens of love were handed over to the participants and the guests.


First Miss Nepal, Ruby Rana. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
First Miss Nepal, Ruby Rana. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Nilam Paudel; Human Resource Officer of Mitini Nepal and Raymon Das Shrestha; actor, presenter, and media personality. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Nilam Paudel; Human Resource Officer of Mitini Nepal and Raymon Das Shrestha; actor, presenter, and media personality. Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews
Photo: Bidyash Dangol/NepalNews

READ ALSO:

Mitini Nepal homophobia Transphobia Biphobia homosexuality World Health Organization Silver Oak IDAHOTB
Nepal's First Online News Portal
Published by Nepalnews Pvt Ltd
Editor: Raju Silwal
Information Department Registration No. 1505 / 076-77

Contact

KMC-02, UttarDhoka,
Lazimpat, Nepal

Newsroom
+977–01–4445751 / 4445754

E-mail
[email protected] [email protected]

Terms of Use Disclaimer
© NepalNews. 2021 All rights reserved. | Nepal's First News Portal