Here are a few photos from the first gay “wedding” in Nepal, which I posted about on Friday. While it doesn’t appear that the ceremony made any great strides in dismissing the incorrect and oft-assumed notion that in gay relationships one person must play the man and the other play the woman, the “wedding” (same-sex marriage is not legal there, and neither is homosexuality) was most definitely an advancement for the gay community of Nepal.
The wedding of Anil Mahaju, 28, and Diya Kashyap, 22, thrown by Nepal’s activist group the Blue Diamond Society, was attended by media, community activists, and a few family members, according to UK Gay News.
Sunil Pant, President of the Blue Diamond Society, said : “This is the first ever public wedding between two males but this is not the last. It’s an historic occasion that will hopefully not just inspire other individuals with similar love and commitment to come forward and live their lives according to their will, but will also generate a great deal of dialogue amongst this conservative society on wedding, social norms, values and politics of gender and oppression of masculinity in Nepalese society.”
While wedding photos often have religious icons in the background, in this case it somehow seems entirely appropriate that that icon would be the internationally worshiped David Beckham.
Kathmandu Couple to Hold Nepal’s First Gay Wedding [tr]