Consensus on citizenship issues of LGBTI still elusive
Kathmandu (Pahichan) March 8 – Lawmakers have agreed to grant citizenship to sexual and sexual minority mentioning other (O) category in gender section. They made such agreement in a discussions program organized on Nepal Citizenship Act amendment bill 2063.
Lawmakers were of the view that members of this community who voluntarily disclose their identity can get citizenship. However, the issue of changing the gender of those who have already received citizenship as male and female has not been finalized it. According to Nirmala Adhikari, Joint Secretary at Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs said it is not sure what sort of provisions will be arranged. She said that there are not any difficulties to provide citizenship under ‘O’ category.
Shrestha said members of this community should get citizenship as per their identity. Members of this community have already warned that forced changed of sexual organs. This community is of the view that members of this community should get citizenship as per their announcement and wishes.
Chairman of Blue Diamond Society Pinky Gurung said providing citizenship on the basis of medical report is not acceptable to them. Gurung said gender identity is a private issue and it is a matter of personal feelings. Male and female do not need any proofs but why they are seeking report in the case of tis community? Gurung said. Gurung said members of this community should get citizenship without any hassles.