G.M.B. Akash

Kathmandu, NEPAL

23 year old Bhumika Shrestha talks on a mobile phone on the side of a street. Bhumika was born male but 'I liked dressing up as a girl from an early age' she says. 'I liked all kinds of womanly stuff. In fact I like being a girl, that was always me.' She won the Miss Pink Pageant in Nepal in 2007, the first transgender contest in the country. Bhumika then went on to represent Nepal in Miss International Queen. Her achievements and her struggle for equal rights for the transgender or transsexual community also became a subject of the documentary called Other Nature. As the human rights coordinator for the Blue Diamond Society, Bhumika has been active in LGBT rights advocacy for over six years. She was recently sworn in as a member of Nepali Congress and won an election to represent her party in the regional conference. This victory has made her the first transgender representative to reach such a high level in a major political party in Nepal and the person most likely to translate the legal decrees that offer protection for the LGBT community into an everyday reality.

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