Gays and lesbians in the Himalayan kingdom previously suffered persistent persecution from security forces during the absolutist rule of King Gyanendra. The harassment of lesbian, gay and trans people continued at the hands of Maoist rebels.
The assembly will draft a new constitution, decide the fate of the monarchy and govern Nepal for the next two years.
Mr Pant is a hero to many gay activists across the world. On a visit to India last week he said:
“We have moved from being a marginalized and persecuted lot who were thrown out of homes, schools and jobs to people who have human rights and are now protected by the police, the same people who once harassed us.
Stunningly progressive move for a nation in that part of the world... very laud worthy!
Hmmm... South Africa goes from Apartheid to Equal Marriage in the span of 13yrs.
Now disputed territory with China approves sweeping rights.
...and yet, people in the USA stage ballots for the express purpose of taking EXISTING rights away from a minority.
Anyone else wonder if the "Land of the Free" moniker might be up for grabs/dispute?