Indradhanus:  Panel discussion explores changes and challenges for the LGBTIQA+ community

Panellists and a moderator of Katha Indradhanus: A Queer Narrative

Kathmandu, July 2

Blue Diamond Society in association with Mandala Theatre organised a panel discussion entitled Katha Indradhanus: A Queer Narrative on Friday, June 30, in Mandala Theatre.

The panel discussion, moderated by Sandeep Shrestha, featured six panellists representing diverse communities within the LGBTIQA+ spectrum.

The panellists included Pinky Gurung, president of the Blue Diamond Society, Sudip Gautam, an activist, Pranaya Shakya, a graphic designer and animator, Bipin Kadhyat, an activist, Tenju Younjan, a choreographer, and Ruby Karki, a consultant at the World Bank.

In the event that was held to mark the end of Pride Month,  panellists shared their views regarding the policy and laws related to LGBTIQA+.

Similarly, some of them openly discussed their personal experiences and challenges they faced while embracing and expressing their gender identity.  

Gurung shared how people’s perspectives changed over time towards the LGBTIQA+ community. 

Nepali society has gradually become progressive the panellist said.

Gurung said people gradually have been accepting of the LGBTIQA+ community.

“Earlier, there was no support for us from the government and police but now things have changed to some extent,” said Gurung.

However, she says there is still a lot of room for improvement, adding that such discussion programs must be organised in different parts of the country to make people more aware of LGBTIQA+.

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