Twenty-nine years ago, on May 17th, the World Health Organisation ( WHO ) had history taking away homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
This declaration assisted shift the public judgment, marking a major milestone for the legal rights of sexual minorities, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender).
Consequently, this historic moment of progress is well-known as the International Day against Homophobia and Biphobia ( IDAHOBIT). This historic success was expected to make sure homosexual citizens the same protections and right as supplied to the heterosexual community.
Now, after almost three decades, sexual minorities are fighting for rights all through the world.
Nepal still lacks clear, fully-inclusive, non-discrimination security for LGBTI people. The community extensively remains an ostracized and differentiated social group.
Recently, the status of sexual minorities has totally changed. The constitution has assured their social and political rights, together with their legal identification. The government and non-government bodies have expanded their support in the movement.
The media that previously used to make negative comments about the community and police enforcement that used to harass them are getting sensitized on their problems.
Nevertheless, they still face difficulties getting their legal status. For lack of information and indifferent behavior of the bureaucrats, it is hard for the community to obtain their legal status.
Sexual minorities are still regarded to have some disorder and mental illness. “We have been dealing with high rates of harassment. We are treated as aliens, who landed here from a unique planet,” said Saru KC, Executive Director of Mitini Nepal, who is also a bi-sexual female.
People encompass a variety of negative attitudes and emotions toward sexual minorities. Members of the community are victims of perpetuating stigma and are susceptible to facing social exclusion while being denied of many basic rights, she added.
There is no doubt that sexual minorities have been afflicted with the most horrific forms of discrimination, harassment, and violence on the property of their gender identity, sexual orientation or choice, said Laxmi Ghalan, chairperson of Mitini Nepal.
Once their gender identification is made public, they have been regarded less human, said Ghalan adding that, “In the daily life we face countless discrimination depending on our appearance and sexual orientation .”
For this reason, many members of the community cannot open up about their gender identity and are forced to suppress their feelings in fear of being socially excluded, declared K .C.
Discussing her past experience, Ghalan said when she was 14 years, she understood that she was different from other girls because she is actually attracted toward girls. Understanding her gender identity, many of her friends quit talking with her. She was treated as an untouchable, said Ghalan.