Skip to comments.Everest set to become new Brokeback mountain after Nepal U-turn on gays
Posted on 04/22/2010 12:25:03 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
As recently as 2007, Nepal classified homosexuality as a crime, punishable by up to two years in prison. Gays and lesbians were harassed and beaten by police, and denounced by Maoist rebels as a product of capitalism. Three years on, this Himalayan nation is not only about to become the first in Asia to allow same-sex marriages: it is promoting gay weddings on Everest in an attempt to become the continents top gay tourism destination.
Were completely changing this country. Its a newborn republic and we want to showcase this change, Sharat Singh Bhandari, the Tourism Minister, told The Times. We also want to re-establish tourism as a major industry. He aims to attract one million tourists in 2011, more than double the number last year.
He kicked off the marketing campaign in October with a written message to the International Conference on Gay & Lesbian Tourism in Boston an unprecedented gesture for an Asian minister. As the world knows, Nepal is the land of Mount Everest, worlds highest peak and the birth place of Lord Buddha, light of Asia, the message said. I, therefore, would like to take this opportunity to invite and welcome all the sexual and gender minorities from around the world.
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Tourism should never be a major industry. Crowds are fickle and you cannot be self-sufficient if you don't produce anything.
Everest set to become new Brokeback mountain after Nepal U-turn on gays after lesbian couple came straight down the mountain to avoid avalanche
Well at least there aren’t any public helth threats in Nepal to start with.
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>Maybe they were being chased away by a Yeti?
What about Me-Chelle Obama?