Keeping food on plates and roofs over heads has been a constant struggle for LGBTI in Nepal during the 2020 pandemic and lockdown.
March 24, 2020 began the ongoing border restrictions marked by a strict four month lockdown. During the lockdown, travel has been severely restricted, and migrant workers tried to return home across the mostly closed borders. In addition, most businesses were forced to close. An all-day, all-night curfew was imposed except for very limited hours in which civilians were allowed to shop only for food and medicine under police supervision. The lockdown led to economic and logistics difficulties, which affected marginalized populations, including the LGBTQ population.
As a marginalized and underprivileged community, LGBT in Nepal have been experiencing extreme hardships during this global pandemic. Many have lost their source of income and receive no support from their families. The government has not specially considered the needs of this unique population and LGBT in Nepal are subjected to discrimination. They are now deprived more than they were before because of the outbreak, but the state has shown no concern to these issues of the gender and sexual minority community.
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