OB-SH581_igay1_G_20120321084728Kathmandu: Serious differences have surfaced among organizations working for sexual and gender minorities regarding the number and identity of the LGBTI community in Nepal.

A newly registered Gay and Lesbian Sexual Minority Network Nepal (GLSMNN) claims that the population of LGBTI is far less than what has always been projected by Nepal´s oldest gay organization Blue Diamond Society, reports myrepublica.com.

“We demand a study on our exact status and guarantee of our rights. However, we equally oppose the fake number being projected since years by some organizations,” said GLSMNN president Jamin Rana.

“All the organizations who claim to work for gays are competing right now for some international events and funds. What has drawn our serious concern is the practice of inflating the number just to get extra benefits. This is happening since long. Our government should pay attention to all corruptions going on in the name of third gender,” he added.

Rana even criticized the term ´third gender.´ “Even though it is in use elsewhere, people like us clearly know that this is a nonsense term. Most of the activities carried out by the organizations formed for our rights are simply fooling the society. We are normal people and not the dramatized version portrayed to gain attention,” he said.

Media officer at the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) Madav Dulal explained that though there is a lack of official figure on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, BDS has been reporting the figure based on its members and networks.

“It is not for fund or other benefits BDS is working. It is purely for the people marginalized on the basis of their sexual orientation. However, we, too, urge the government to study about our exact status,” he said.

BDS has claimed that around 10 percent of the people in Nepal fall under the category of ´third gender.´

According to Laxmi Ghalan, president of another gay organization Mitini Nepal, row over the status of LGBT only makes the fight against discrimination weaker.

Similarly, Badri Pun, president of Inclusive Forum Nepal stated that there certainly are number of fake faces projecting themselves as LGBT groups and such things must not happen. “We demand that the government maintain our record and secure our rights,” Pun said.

In the 2011 Nepal census the Central Bureau of Statistics officially recognized a third gender in addition to male and female

Following the fall of the monarchy in 2007, Nepal has legalized homosexuality and is in the process of drafting several new laws to include same-sex marriage and protect sexual minorities.

Source: myrepublica.com