Gay Athletes Prepare For Asia’s First LGBT Sports Festival

Nepal will host the groundbreaking games in October. See photos from the LGBT community’s first training session. posted on

More than 200 LGBT athletes from 17 Asian countries are slated to compete in the festival on Oct. 12.

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Here, members of the Blue Diamond Society, Nepal’s only gay rights group, practice at Dasarath stadium in Katmandu on Sunday, Aug. 26.

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Sunilbabu Pant, head of the Blue Diamond Society.

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Bhakti Shah, a lesbian who served in the Nepalese Army until she was discharged because of her sexuality.

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Competing athlete Prabin Taman, 21.

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