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Hundreds of LGBT and Supporters Rally in Nepal Capital

The nepali national flag is weaving high above the Phewa
The nepali national flag is weaving high above the Phewa Lake and Pokhara, Annapurna mountains in the distance. Frank Bienewald / LightRocket via Getty Images

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About a thousand members of sexual minorities and their supporters paraded in Nepal's capital Friday to demand equality and implementation of their rights under the country's new constitution.

Participants in the colorful parade in downtown Kathmandu said they still don't have equal rights despite a constitutional ban on discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

The charter was adopted last year but has not been fully implemented by the government because of opposition from several other minority groups.

The marchers carried banners saying, "We should not be deprived of our rights. We demand implementation of the rights guaranteed by the new constitution."

Among the supporters in the march was U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz.

The parade has been held annually for the past few years on Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to remember the dead, when people are traditionally allowed to cross dress.

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