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Advisory: In Nepal, "natural" sex is understood by the law as penile-vaginal sex only. Anal sex, oral sex, lesbianism and masturbation are viewed as "unnatural." However, laws against unnatural sex have never been enforced in court. While Nepalese society is fairly tolerant towards sexual minorities compared with neighboring South Asian countries, discrimination and societal stigma against sexual minorities exists. Legal attempts have been made to suppress Nepal's GLBT rights organization, the Blue Diamond Society, in the past.


General Information


Articles and Publications

  • Blue Diamond Weekly
      GPO Box 8975, EPC No. 5119, Kathmandu, Nepal, email. An LGBT zine open to all genres and all types of work related to LGBT issues: short stories, poetry, essays, how-to articles, book reviews, STD and HIV/AIDS materials. Works both in English and Nepali languages are accepted.


Organizations

    Blue Dimaond Society
  • AIDS/HIV organizations and information
  • Blue Diamond Society (BDS)
      Shiv Bhakta Marg: 344, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, (977-1) 444-3350, 444-5147, email. Blue Diamond Society was founded in 2001 in an effort to address the needs of Nepal's GLBT sexual minorities including Meta, Dohori, Ta, Hijra, Singaru, Fulumulu, Kothi, Kotha, Strian, Maugia, Panthi and others. BDS offers community-based sexual health, HIV/AIDS, and advocacy services for local networks of sexual minorities. It provides a drop-in center (DIC), outreach work and clinical referrals for its constituents.


Travel Services

  • Himalayan Yeti Trekking
      +977 984-173-9141. Gay-managed guiding services for trekking and peak climbing throughout Nepal. Guiding services for over 10 years. They will organize your complete trip, from securing all necessary papers and permits, to hiring porters and support personnel. Small or large treks.
  • Serene Journeys UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2014
      +91 987-142-5455, email. Gay-owned travel services to Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Turkey and Southeast Asia. Programs are tailored to fit each traveler, right down to the amount of spice in your food. Their mission, whether creating a complete itinerary or making arrangements in a specific destination, is simple: to make sure their guests have the best possible travel experience customized to their lifestyle, interests, and budget.



KATHMANDU -- area code (977-1)

General Information

    Population is over 2 million (that's about 80,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Bars and Clubs

    • Café Mitra (mixed)
        Thamel (near Hotel Pisang/ Tara Guest House), (977-1) 425-9015, email. Popular with expat gays. Service is gay-friendly, prices are above average. Interiors and definitely has the queer eye.
    • Fire Club (mixed)
        Thamel, just beside the Kathmandu Guest House. Fri and Sat nights best. Very gay-friendly environment. Mixed but you can find gay people also.
    • Maya (mixed)
        Thamel, 441-0371. Cocktail bar frequented by gay people.


Discos

    • Babylon Discotheque (mixed)
        Sundhara, 424-8755.
    • Club 2000 (mixed)
        Sundhara, 425-6779.
    • Club Dynasty (mixed)
        Darbar Marg, 422-2686.


Meeting Places

    • Ratna Park UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013
        Very cruisy after 5pm everyday, but not everyone who goes to the Ratna Park is gay. Mostly poor to middle class men, including students. Before sunset, in the afternoon, there are 'round gatherings' of men where a lot of touching goes on. After sunset it's possible to have some quick action in the dark, with the usual caution. The cops do their rounds between 7:30-8pm to 'close' the Park (which actually doesn't close, but after that there is considerably less activity, if any at all).


Restaurants and Cafes

    • Fire and Ice (Italian)
        Thamel, 425-0210, 422-0143.
    • Himalayan Java (café)
        Tridevi Marg, Thamel, 442-2712, 442-2519, email.
    • Jatra Restaurant and Bar
        J. P. Rd, Thamel, 421-1010. Live music.
    • Oriental Dynasty Restaurant
        Darbar Marg, 422-2515. Open 24-hours.
    • Ying Yang (Thai)
        Thamel, 442-5510.



Pokhara

General Information

    The population of Pokhara is over 275,000 (that's more than 1,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots

Restaurants and Cafes

    • A La Soupe (French) UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
        Lake Side, Near Alan Chowk. Gay-owned and staffed restaurant serving a big choice of soups and French food in a cozy setting. Open Mon-Sat from 9am-3pm and 5-10pm.



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