Nepal is all set to have the first LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Trans-sexual) regional centre, with financial support from the government, near here to promote the rights of sexual minorities of the South Asian region.
According to lawmaker and activist Sunal Babu Pant, the centre with a conference capacity of 300 will be ready within three years at the cost of around USD 2 million. It will be the first such LGBT centre in the entire Asia, he claimed.
The centre will have a hostel to accommodate 60 students who are deprived of hostel facilities due their sexual status, he said. It will be useful especially for sexual minorities from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, where the conditions of the third sex are vulnerable, he added.
The centre will be equipped with a theatre, workshop facility, gallery, library, cafeteria, playground, health clinic, gym and swimming pool among other things. An area of 27,380 sq ft has been acquired for it at Taudaha near here. An architectural plan for the centre will be prepared within a week, Pant said adding donors from the country and abroad will be approached for the funding. The land has been purchased with the Rs 3 million annual grant received from the government of Nepal.
The aim of establishing the centre is to make the sexual minorities independent and uplift their existing status, says Pant, the president of Blue Diamond Society that promotes rights and welfare of the sexual minorities in Nepal.