Transgender Plans To Be Atop Everest

 Published By: The Himalayan Times

Date: Wednesday, March 26 , 2014

Manoj Shahi Monika, 35, who describes herself as a transgender, has announced her plan to climb Mr. Everest soon. Speaking at a press conference here today, Monika said she wants to be the first transgender to climb the world's tallest peak and make the country popular around the world."My mission is not only about making myself known to the world. It is also for the sake of my country and all LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people throughout the world," she said at the event Blue Diamond society, an organisation fighting for the rights of sexual minorities, had organised in the capital city.I will flutter the national flag along with a Blue Diamond Society banner and make it to the Guinness Book of Records," she said, unveiling her plans.

Shahi maintained that she is mentally and physically prepared to climb the mountain. The aspiring mountaineer
requested the government to grant remission on mountaineering fees. BDS President Pinky Gurung expressed hope that the government will help Shahi in her endeavour. "I still remember those tough times when we used to gather in and around the Ratnapark area in the dusk," Gurung recalled on the occasion.


"But, now we have an organisation, which works for our rights. Our issues have been raised in the Parliament and we will get our rights gradually," Gurung further said. Prem Bahadur Thapa, legal adviser to BDS, described the Supreme Court verdict to grant citizenship to third genders under the "other sex' category and the government's preparations to issue them passports by mentioning their gender identities as milestones' in the struggle for the recognition of rights of the country's sexual and gender minorities."we are lucky that we were born in Nepal, for we have the freedom to disclose our identities here," Bishnu Adhikari, a transgender man, said at the press meet. "It would not have been possible if we were not born here. I have heard that sexual minorities are killed in some countries because of their unique identities, Adhikari further said.


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