The society is South Asia’s most successful and dynamic LGBTI [Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender & Intersex] Human Rights, campaigning organisation. BDS is directly supporting Pink Mountain Travels & Tours for the valuable profiling it provides at international level concerning Nepal’s LGBT human rights movement, and its need for support from LGBT brothers and sisters, as well as LGBT international travellers to Nepal, in the broader world.
About the society:
The Blue Diamond Society was established in 2001. Working for sexual minorities in a conservative country like Nepal which still disapproves sexual behaviour other than heterosexual and therefore people like us was extremely challenging. The first challenge was registrations an NGO for sexual minorities the constitution doesn’t recognize sexual minorities so BDS was register as a sexual health programme.
The BDS work in Kathmandu with local communities and on a national level with the mission to improve the sexual health, human rights and well being of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal including third-genders ,gay men, bisexuals, lesbian, and other men who have sex with men. Through BDS outreach work; we have reached up to 350000 LGBTI/MSM. BDS the only organization of this kind and key activities include health promotion for sexual minorities psycho-social counselling raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, promoting human rights and sexual health, documenting human right violations and violated, legal counselling and litigation services to the victims and families, legal and constitutional campaign, lobbying for policy change, advocacy and media campaign, income generation activities to poor LGBTI/MSM. BDS also organize innovative events such as a beauty pageant, and built and strengthen communities.
The BDS has documented violence and abuse that has included arbitrary arrests, attempted murder, rape, blackmail, and all varieties of physical and verbal abuse and discrimination in the workplace, school medical facilities and elsewhere. BDS has done an exceptional job in publicizing these incidents on the local, national and international level, bringing attention to this situation.
Read more at the Blue Diamond Society’s website