As Nepal’s trans folk fight for political rights, two lesbians are celebrating their right to love. 21-year old Kalpana Pariyar and 22-year old Sabi Bishwokorma are getting hitched today during the annual, lady-centric Teej Friday. And it’s been a fight, for sure:
Disowned by their families, the defiant women came to Kathmandu this week looking for support from Blue Diamond Society (BDS), Nepal’s only gay rights organization that last year organized the kingdom’s first public gay marriage.
Pariyar and Bishwokorma, both of whom belong to disadvantaged communities, have been drawing heart by the growing movement in the capital to wrest rights for the sexual minorities, who till the inception of the BDS in 2001, were forced to live in closets.
Good to hear the girls – and guys – are busting out. And during the most lesbianic time of the year!