Artisha & Armont Rana / Nepal
“I am a gay man and my life partner is a transgender woman, and this is our love story.They say that couples are made in heaven but we met through Facebook. At first it was just hi, hellos. After that we got to know each other and fell in love.
We started identifying our likes and dislikes and we started caring for each other. We decided to take our relationship further. We started living together and opened up about our relationship to our parents, and our family accepted it.
We have been living together for six years. We are happy but we don’t have the rights to get married. Same sex marriage has not been legalized in Nepal. Don’t we have the right to live like straight couples and get the legal recognition? Aren’t we equal like other citizens of the country? Don’t we have the rights to find our partners? Will the Nepali government listen to our voices? Should we always live like this, without getting married? Our spirit hurts when these questions come to mind.”