Different decisions

Different Decisions

In childhood, I was a very lighthearted boy, playing football and cricket with my friends in my village. I felt very normal. Everyone seemed to love me. Because my academics were going well, there were expectations. Although I come from a Brahmin1Within the traditional caste system in Nepal, Brahmins were… Continued reading Different Decisions

My way out

My Way Out

I always remember from my school days going to bed and doing all kinds of thinking. Alone in my room, I would always pray, God, when I wake up in the morning, please make me normal. I used to feel such low self-esteem and low confidence. Then in the morning… Continued reading My Way Out

A new minority

A New Minority

In the early grades, my body was just like a child’s, and sometimes you can’t tell if young kids are really girls or boys. After I passed fifth grade, I started in a new school, Macchaapuchhara Higher Secondary School in a town in central Nepal called Pokhara. This was a… Continued reading A New Minority

How to be bold

How to be Bold

My father was in the Nepalese Royal Army, and as I was growing up my uncle, brother, and father would always talk about warrior activities. My home was also very near to the barracks. I frequently saw army personnel roaming through the fields of my village. I was so impressed… Continued reading How to be Bold

Thoughts on “Pride Climbing Higher”

by Saurav Jung Thapa1Saurav Jung Thapa is a Technical Officer for LGBT and Human Rights at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia-Pacific regional office in Bangkok. He works on a joint UNDP-USAID initiative called ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ which is being implemented in eight countries in South, Southeast, and East Asia to gather… Continued reading Thoughts on “Pride Climbing Higher”