Saturday, November 8, 2008

Nepal’s gay MP crusades for India’s sexual minorities

Kathmandu, Nov 8 (IANS) Nepal’s first out-of-the-closet gay lawmaker, who founded the sexual minority rights movement in the conservative Himalayan nation, has now taken up cudgels on behalf of Indian peers, following reports of a crackdown on sexual minorities in India’s Bangalore city.Sunil Babu Pant, who became the first openly gay member of Nepal’s newly elected constituent assembly this year and whose gay rights organisation Blue Diamond Society has the support of British rock icon Elton John, has urged Karnataka authorities to protect its sexual minorities.

He has asked Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, Indian ministers, police officials as well as the Karnataka Human Rights Commission to protect the eunuch community of Bangalore from “intense and targeted harassment” by police.

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