Nepal gets its game on with one of Asia's first queer Olympics
All around the world, homophobia in sport is slowly being whittled away.
On this side of the Pacific, NHLers are letting queer athletes know that even if you're gay,You Can Play.
On the other side of the ocean, Asian LGBT athletes are literally getting their game on.
Nepal, one of the most progressive Asian countries regarding queer rights, will host one of the first queer multisport events held in Asia in September.
The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's first queer-rights NGO, announced the Blue Diamond National Sport Competition 2012 last week. Five teams from each region of the country will compete in sports such as volleyball, football, running, martial arts, tennis, and more.
The two-week event in the Hindu Himalayan republic is supported by the Australian Sports Outreach Program.
Asian queer athletes participate in the Asia-Pacific Outgames, but the event has only been held in New Zealand and Australia.
Earlier this week, Nepal's first openly gay politican Sunil Babu Pant sent a letter dated March 22 to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to request the creation of a third gender option for Facebook users.
Pant noted that the Nepali is working towards recognizing a third option, "other", for those that do not identify as male or female.
In September, 2011, Australia changed their passports to offer a third gender option, "x" or indeterminate.
Homosexuality was legalized in Nepal in 2007.