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Monday, January 24, 2005

Nepal gay group launches journal

BBC NEWS
By Charles Haviland BBC News, Kathmandu

Nepal's only gay rights organisation has launched a weekly newspaper, the first publication here of its kind.

The Blue Diamond Society (BDS) says that it wants to give a voice to a range of oppressed communities, not just sexual minorities.

The publication is being funded by the British government.
A British diplomat told the BBC the funding of the project was part of London's campaign to reduce the impact of HIV and Aids.

The parallel English and Nepali language Blue Diamond Weekly papers are being brought out by BDS, which describes itself as an organisation for sexual minorities, including homosexual, bisexual and trans-gendered people.

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