07/28/2013 10:17 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Nepal: Asia's Most Gay-Friendly Country?


When Nepal’s Supreme Court in June directed the government to introduce a third category on passports for people who identify themselves neither as male nor female, it handed yet another unopposed victory to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movement.

The country best known for Mount Everest and Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, is fast gaining a reputation as the most gay-friendly nation in Asia as it continues its transition from a Hindu monarchy to a democracy.

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