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Source: AP

12 October 2012 saw hundreds of athletes take part in Asia's first-ever sports tournament for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu.

The event which lasted three days started off with a football match between local teams. Other sports that were featured in this event included features basketball, volleyball, football, martial arts and tennis.

There were about 300 local athletes accompanied by 20 athletes who hailed from the USA, Russia, Japan, Bangladesh and France. Of notable attendance was former Olympian and gay spokesperson, American -- Greg Louganis.

This event in Nepal has been billed as Asia’s first gay games. Australia and New Zealand have previously hosted the Asia-Pacific Outgames in 2008 and 2011 respectively. The Gay Games which take place once every four years, since 1982, will next take place in 2014 in Cleveland-Akron, United States.

"We are happy to be able to organise the games," said Sunil Pant, a former Nepal parliamentarian.

It was announced in June this year that Nepal will start issuing identity cards with three gender categories – male, female and transgender. After the end of the decade-long civil war in 2006, the Nepalese gay community has become more open with their sexual orientation, organising beauty pageants and other events.


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