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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.|
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Pink Escapes UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2014
Email, +91 999-000-3043. Gay-owned, straight-friendly luxury and bespoke travel planners. They will show you majestic Nepal in style, with a well-rounded and unforgettable itinerary. Their insider connections offer enthralling opportunities to meet like-minded members from the local community, spend time with a talented selection of staff, experience great hospitality and get invited to private events that are not typically available to the everyday traveler. Putting together a Signature Dream Journey for you is their passion, whether you fancy a private break, desire a passionate surprise for your partner, bonding with friends, or traveling with your family. Ask them to design a wedding or vow renewal. Matchless care based on your personal interests and travel preferences. Utopia Member Discount
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)
Population is over 2 million (that's about 80,000 Utopians).
- 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.
- Babylon Discotheque (mixed)
- Club 2000 (mixed)
- Club Dynasty (mixed)
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.
Warnings from Utopians:
"Yes, cruisy indeed. Before sunset, in the afternoon, there are 'round gatherings' of men (a bit like in Jamma-El-Fna in Marrakech), where there is a lot of touching going on. After sunset it's possible to have some quick action on the spot in the dark, with the usual caution. The cops do their rounds between 7:30-8om to 'close' the Park (which actually doesn't close, but after there is considerably less activity, if any at all)." -- Eric, Oct 6, 2013
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)
The population of Pokhara is over 275,000 (that's more than 1,000 Utopians).
- 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.
Comments from Utopians:
"It's owned by a French gay man and his staff are also gay." -- Sony, Apr 29, 2013
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