In Pics: Nepal’s 16th LGBT Pride and Gai Jatra

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Nepal’s 16th LGBTI Pride and Gai Jatra celebration was held on August 16th, 2019. The parade took off around noon from Kathmandu’s touristy hub Thamel, and weaved its way through the old city, finally ending up at the open grounds of Tundikhel.

Neap LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza

Gaijatra is a 500 years old annual festival of Nepal where families bring out procession to commemorate their loved ones who have passed away. Blue Diamond Society started celebrating this festival with members of sexual and gender minorities of Nepal since 2002 annually. 

Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza

The celebration also commemorated those who lost their lives because of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics. It was a beautiful moment seeing participants dressed in ethnic attire (Sherpa, Gurung, etc), being cheered on by the larger society members who waved and took pictures, and even walked alongside in solidarity with their children and grandchildren, dancing to the rustic sounds of Nepali musical instruments. 

Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza
Nepal LGBT Pride 2019
Picture by: Nicola Desouza

Nicola Desouzaa

Nicola Desouza is a freelance writer who has been published in print and online media. Her first short film. 'I AM: The Transcender' feat.transgender woman Bhumika Shrestha was followed up by 'Latha Linga' with transgender man Badri Pun during the devastating Nepal earthquake. Nicola continues to be inspired by minorities whether ethnic, sexual, racial, biological or religious.