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More Than 1,500 Call on Nepal to Live Up to Promises of LGBT Protections

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During a yearly festival in Nepal, about 1,500 gathered to demand that equality for LGBT citizens be recognized. 

Gay rights activists gathered in Nepal during Gai Jatra, an annual festival celebrated in Kathmandu, to demand that the country's government provide non-discrimination protections for LGBT citizens.

Nearly 1,500 people came to show their support for the cause, including U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B Teplitz.

Phrases like "Implement our rights guaranteed by the constitution and do not deprive us from our rights," were chante, yelled, and painted on banners.

Last year, the country ratified its constitution to include LGBT protection, and celebrations ensued worldwide. It seemed to be a great win for the LGBT community as the updated document now read that "sexual and gender minorities" (SGM) cannot be discriminated against by the state or the judiciary.

However, celebrations were short lived as the people of Nepal still face heavy discrimination from neighbors and other members of their community.

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