It took Maneb Tamang (27), 14 years to come out. ''When I came to Kathmandu in 2003 I try to talk about my sexual identity with my friends but I afraid so I always hide my feeling that make me depressed''. Maneb chose a dramatic way to finally come out. ''After long time last year, 2017, I decide to come out with my sexual identity same that time here in Nepal Gay Handsome Nepal pageant''. He was a finalist and won the Mr Gay Handsome Congeniality Award. He was then asked to do a radio interview. His fears were unfounded: ''By this interview my other straight friends know about me. I feel lucky they message me and call me to encourage for my work''. While his friends have been supportive, he's still hesitant to tell his family: ''Maybe they don't understand it. I don't know aboutĂ˘€¦still they unknown about my sexuality''. Maneb councils young LGBT youth through Blue Diamond Society, a LGBTI organisation. His struggle to accept himself as a young person means he is particularly sympathetic to LGBT youth and the challenges they face: ''So many childrenĂ˘€¦their parent do not accept this thingĂ˘€¦ they have to be outside, they kick out. You know, here in Nepal under 18 LGBTI children working as a sex worker because of that things''.