For Queer Dummies: Nepal Elections Cheat Sheet

May 28, 2008

  • 575 members sworn in to Nepal's Constituent Assembly
  • 26 seats are still open; these are to be filled by members elected by the Cabinet.
  • The assembly officiated the end of 340 years of religious monarchy in Nepal
  • Responsible for overseeing the transition from an absolute monarchy to a federal republic and creating a new constitution for Nepal.
  • The three major parties within the assembly: Maoists, Nepal Congress, and the CPN(UML).
How is this queer?
  • 191 members (33%) out of the 575 are women, a record high in any Nepali political institution
  • 35 year old Sunil Pant, founder of the Blue Diamond Society, becomes the first openly gay politician to serve in the Nepali parliament.
  • Pant's party, CPN-U, split from the third largest party in the assembly, the CPN(UML). Perhaps CPN-U picked up it's pro-LGBT tendencies from it's mother party?
  • With 26 seats still open, there's room for more women and more people who identify as LGBT. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
Is this significant political transition the perfect time to adapt Nepali society into a more homo-friendly one?

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