Hundreds of LGBT and supporters rally in Nepal capital

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Posted: Aug 19, 2016 4:40 AM

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About a thousand members of sexual minorities and their supporters have paraded in Nepal's capital to demand equality and implementation of their rights under the country's new constitution.

Participants in the parade Friday in downtown Kathmandu said they still don't have equal rights despite a constitutional ban on discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

The charter was adopted last year but has not been fully implemented by the government because of opposition from several minority groups.

The parade has been held annually for the past few years on Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to remember the dead, when people are traditionally allowed to cross dress.