Surveying Nepal’s Sexual and Gender Minorities: An Inclusive Approach

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This resource is helpful for humanitarian and development practitioners because it speaks to the challenge of passing legislation without supporting social change initiatives and training for census enumerators.

This report presents the findings of a study implemented by Blue Diamond Society and The Williams Institute which investigated the experiences and realities of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal. The study draws upon a large-scale survey conducted in the fall of 2013.

The report presents the survey design and research methodology followed by a demographic overview of the sample with specific attention to gender identity, sexual behaviours and attraction. The report then considers how the 2011 law recognising third gender groups has or has not impacted the lives of survey respondents. These experiences are then analysed within a socio-economic framework.

Finally, respondents’ experiences of discrimination and with HIV are presented. The project and resulting report demonstrates that capturing and representing diversity and nuance of sexual and gender diversity is indeed possible.

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"While certain terms listed on our survey permitted more respondents to self-identify, it is clear that some respondents were comfortable strongly identifying with multiple terms while others were not."

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This report presents the findings of a study implemented by Blue Diamond Society and The Williams Institute which investigated the experiences and realities of sexual and gender minorities in Nepal. The study draws upon a large-scale survey conducted in the fall of 2013.

The report presents the survey design and research methodology followed by a demographic overview of the sample with specific attention to gender identity, sexual behaviours and attraction. The report then considers how the 2011 law recognising third gender groups has or has not impacted the lives of survey respondents. These experiences are then analysed within a socio-economic framework.

Finally, respondents’ experiences of discrimination and with HIV are presented. The project and resulting report demonstrates that capturing and representing diversity and nuance of sexual and gender diversity is indeed possible.