Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Yaks in Tibet...and Meanwhile, in Nepal

On future pilgrimages, one of the places I'd like to go on a crescent of pilgrimage sites, starting in India, then north to Nepal, and then on to China/Lhasa.

While I never a little bit of the social and cultural issues in Nepal, I was surprised to find that LGBTQ people have found a place of protection in the writing of the constitution in Nepal! It is the first in Asia to protect LGBTQ people.

This from advocate.com:

Nepal is scheduled to draft its new constitution by May. It will include antidiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex citizens.

“Rights for LGBTIs have been well drafted in the new constitution. They will ensure nondiscrimination and separate citizenship IDs for third-gendered people,” Sunil Babu Pant, Nepal’s first openly gay lawmaker, said in the article.

Imagine: protection IN the constitution.

Of course, under the umbrella, "all men (sic) are created equal," we have protection in this country (USA) too, though you wouldn't know it from the way we are treated.



p.s., the line about yaks comes from a youth group song...

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